The Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry will submit a proposal to the government for the setting up of a commission to monitor and regulate quarrying and mining activities in the country, says its deputy minister, Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji.
He said the commission would ensure guidelines on quarrying and mining activities were complied with.
He said a working paper would also be submitted to the Cabinet soon on whether there was a need for new law to be introduced to set up the commission.
“The setting up of the commission will take two or three years. We want to standardise the need for quarry and mine managers to have a certificate so that they know how to manage the place.
“We do not want people with no experience to break the rocks using explosives,” he told Bernama after opening the 2018 Quarrying Conference and Exhibition (IQM CONEX 2018) here Tuesday (Oct 23).
Tengku Zulpuri said there were states, which had yet to implement existing laws and regulations on quarrying and mining.
Citing statistics obtained in 2017, he said there were 299 quarries in the country that released a total of 146 tonnes of various types of aggregates, including granite, limestone and sand.
He said quarries were in Sarawak (70), Perak (63), Johor (58), Sabah (51), Pahang (30) and Selangor (27).