Social Movements in Malaysia: From Moral Communities to NGOs

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The environmental movement in Malaysia
Sundari Ramakrishna
Introduction
The non-governmental sector plays an active, increasingly important role in environmental dialogue. During the Rio Earth Summit process, the non-governmental sector was a full partner in setting the environmental agenda for the coming decade. As part of a significant new pattern of interaction, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have begun to work with local governments and business to promote environmentally sound development. Nowadays, the NGO sector often provides a grassroots complement to local government. Various activities in which the environmental non-governmental sector participates include:
• assisting with implementation of existing enterprises leading to forested wetlands and marine life conservation;
• collaborating in preparing economically and environmentally sound community-based plans for policy-makers, planners and practitioners;
• assisting local governments to draw up new or additional environmental legislation;
• implementing conferences and seminars on conservation;
• setting up and co-ordinating campaigns to support worthy environmental causes or against development projects that impact on local communities; and
• providing technical and scientific assistance in management of different ecosystems.

The Malaysian government and environmental NGOs

The Malaysian government is comprised of three levels: the federal government, state governments and various local governments which

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Contributors x
  • Introduction - From Moral Communities to Ngos 1
  • 1 - Malaysian Ngos 17
  • 2 - The Women’s Movement in Peninsular Malaysia, 1900-99 45
  • 3 - Complex Configurations 75
  • 4 - Islamic Non-Governmental Organisations 97
  • 5 - The Environmental Movement in Malaysia 115
  • 6 - The Malaysian Human Rights Movement 140
  • 7 - Non-Governmental Organisations in Sarawak 165
  • 8 - The Peace Movement and Malaysian Foreign and Domestic Policy 181
  • Notes 196
  • References 207
  • Index 220
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