SEPANG: The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry is finalising the Antarctica Act before tabling it in Parliament in an effort to strengthen Malaysia’s involvement in the continent, said its minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau.
He said the ministry was now working with the Attorney-General Chambers in finalising the Act which would regulate Malaysians’ involvement in Antarctica and ensure coordination of domestic law.
He said the Act would allow Malaysia to fulfill its obligations under the Antarctica Treaty including the Madrid Protocol in obtaining consultative status.
“Malaysia had participated in the treaty in 2011 and has yet to obtain consultative nation status. It is only with consultative party status, that Malaysia can be involved in the decision making process related to the Antarctic
Treaty Area and in safeguarding Malaysian interests,” he said.
Madius, who is also Sultan Mizan Antarctica Research Foundation (YPASM) Board of Trustees chairman, said this when sending off the “Antarctica Scientific Expedition 2016” here today.-BERNAMA