• To prevent environmental deterioration as a result of human activities
  • To control human activities that contribute towards deterioration of our environment
  • To inititate measures for the improvement of our environment
  • To increase public awareness about the state of our environment

“It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of EPSM, a small and dynamic group focusing on urban environmental issues and climate change in Malaysia. We feature our work and activities on the environment since we were formed in 1974.”

EPSM was founded at a public meeting held at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur on 11 January 1974 by a group of Malaysians concerned about protecting the environment. It is a membership-based national organization, run by an elected Executive Committee on an entirely voluntary, non-profit basis.

Gurmit Singh was born in Penang, on 3 November 1942. He is prominent student leader in the 1960s and 1970s, Gurmit is former secretary-general of the National Human Rights Society of Malaysia (Hakam). He got into environmental advocacy in 1974, long before caring about the environment became fashionable (though one may argue that, in Malaysia, the environment still isn’t getting the attention it deserves).

Gurmit served the Environmental Protection Society of Malaysia (EPSM) as president for two decades until 1994, but remains an adviser. He is currently chairperson of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem), a non-profit committed to “improving environmental quality through the appropriate use of technology and sustainable development”

EPSM has highlighted environmental problems through the mass media, made representation to government agencies, campaigned against polluters, undertaken surveys and studies, and contributed towards environmental education and awareness through talks, forums, seminars and its publication, Alam Sekitar.

Our record of campaigns include the following. Through networking and collaboration with both government and non-government bodies, we have contributed to various successful campaigns focusing on Endau-Rompin, Batu Caves, Tembeling National Park, Papan, Bakun Dam, the Societies Act Amendments and the Environment Impact Assesment. EPSM has also monitored the Environmental Quality Act 1974 and its subsequent regulation.

In terms of representation, EPSM is currently represented on a wide range of bodies including the Environmental Quality Council, National Habitat Committee, National Steering Committee on Local Agenda 21 and the Construction Industry Development Board’s Technical Committee for best Environmental Practices.


We are linked to other NGOs through MENGO, a platform of Malaysian Environmental Non-Government Organizations which brings together environmental NGOs in Malaysia in the interests of environmental protection.

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Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM)

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+603-2857-5113Phone Number
+6017-3079313Phone Number
Established since 1974Year of Establishment
c/o No. 60, Jalan 21/35, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MalaysiaAddress
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