EcoKnights Presented Results of Survey on ‘Youths’ Perception Towards Bauxite Mining In Kuantan’ To Various Stakeholders in Kuantan and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Since November 2016, EcoKnights has conducted a social survey on the Youths’ Perception Towards Bauxite Mining In Kuantan for a research which is a collaboration between Waseda University in Japan and local partners such as EcoKnights and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

In March 2017, EcoKnights shared the survey results with several stakeholders in Kuantan on March 17th and with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) on March 21st.

Stakeholders who were present during the survey result presentation by EcoKnights in Kuantan.Stakeholders who were present during the survey result presentation by EcoKnights in Kuantan.

EcoKnights officer, Nurul Nabila presented the survey results on March 17th at about: Espresso & Brew Bar, Kuantan accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fadhil of UTM who is the leader of the research team. Stakeholders who attended the presentation are from various groups such as the Department of Irrigation and Drainage Pahang, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Rakan Alam NGO, members of Parliament Kuantan and Berserah, International Islamic University Malaysia, IPD Kuantan, media and the public.

The presentation received positive response by the stakeholders who agreed that:

  1. It is vital to conduct such social surveys to understand Kuantan’s bauxite mining, its relationship and impacts in every aspect
  2. All stakeholders’ roles are of equal importance in managing bauxite mining activity.
  3. The public should be given information on every aspect of bauxite mining activity for clearer understanding.
  4. The media is not the only platform that provides information, but also stakeholders such as governmental agencies, mining companies, educational institutes, NGOs and public themselves.

Nabila presenting the survey results in Kuantan.Nabila presenting the survey results in Kuantan.

Some stakeholders suggested that more surveys should be conducted focusing on specifically Kuantan residents followed by a comparison with that focused on non-Kuantan residents. Another suggestion is that another survey should be done on Malaysians who are not in the youth age range (18 – 30 years old).

In the following week, on March 21st Yasmin Rasyid and Nurul Nabila of EcoKnights accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fadhil and Dr. Shazwin of UTM held a meeting with the Deputy Secretary General of MNRE, Ybhg. Dato’ Dr. Nadzri bin Yahaya and officers from Malaysia Lands and Mines Office in Putrajaya to present the survey results.

The presentation of the report on the social survey to Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of NRE, Ybhg. Dato’ Dr. Nadzri bin Yahaya.The presentation of the report on the social survey to Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of NRE, Ybhg. Dato’ Dr. Nadzri bin Yahaya.

Dato’ Dr. Nadzri, who was concerned about the bauxite mining activity, emphasized on the importance of providing the accurate information on the bauxite mining activity in order to avoid unnecessary misunderstanding. Both Dato’ Dr. Nadzri and the Malaysia Lands and Mines Office expressed their interest to know more about the comparison of the perception between youths in Kuantan and those outside of Kuantan. The meeting ended with the conclusion that:

  1. The MNRE will work on an online FAQs microsite in the MNRE’s website to provide more information regarding the bauxite mining.
  2. EcoKnights will assist and advice the MNRE in creating necessary information for their infographics.

EcoKnights would like to thank Ybhg. Dato’ Dr. Nadzri bin Yahaya and the other stakeholders for not only attending the result presentation but also giving us constructive feedback as a joint effort in understanding the youths’ perception towards the bauxite mining in Kuantan. We hope to be able to conduct more studies like this with anyone who is interested.

To view the results of the survey, you can view or download from here.

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This project is supported by W-bridge.

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