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  • Association of Environmental Consultants and Contractors of Malaysia (AECCOM)
  • Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI)


  • World Health Organisation Air Management Information System


  • August 1999

Dato' Bakar receiving Award
Dato’ Ir Dr Abu Bakar Bin Jaafar awarded the University of Newcastle Alumni Convocation Medal 2011 for professional excellence

Dato' Dr A. Bakar Jaafar

Dato' Dr. A. Bakar Jaafar is currently Chairman of the Association of Environmental Companies & Consultants Malaysia (AECCOM), and also Director and Senior Principal Environmental Consultant of Enviro-LIFT Services Sdn Bhd.

He also sits on a number of Board of Directors of public-listed and private companies, including Land & General Berhad, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, Aker-Kvaener Engineering SEA Sdn Bhd, Capricorn Engineering Sdn Bhd, and Novaviro Technology Sdn Bhd.

He had served the Malaysian Government in various capacity since 1973 and his career included stints as Factories and Machinery Inspector (1973-74), Staff Engineer of US EPA Industrial Environmental Research Laboratory (1975-76), Principal Assistant Director (Water Quality), Environment Division, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment; Principal Assistant Director (1976-84), Economic Planning Unit in Prime Minister's Department (1984-85); Director of Operations (1985-86), Deputy Director-General (Planning) (1987-1989) and, on optional retirement, as Director-General of the Department of Environment Malaysia (DOE) (1990-1995).

However, he continues to serve the Government of Malaysia and the United Nations in his personal capacity as:

  • Advisor to Malaysia National Committee on Continental Shelf, National Security Council, Prime Minister's Department (since 1997);
  • Nominated by the Government of Malaysia in (1997, 2002, 2007) and Elected-Member (1997-2002)(2002-2007)(2007-2012) of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), one of the three organs established by the State Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS);
  • Senior Adjunct Fellow of Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) (since 2005); and
  • Member of the Board of Directors of UMT (since KUT/KUSTEM in 2000).

He holds a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, a Master Degree in Environmental Science from Miami University , Ohio, USA and PhD in (Marine) Geography from the University of Hawaii @Manoa.

He also holds several memberships with professional and scientific bodies as a Professional Engineer with BEM, Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (FIEM), Honorary Fellow of UKM Institute for Environment & Development, Past Honorary Secretary-General, Malaysia Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD-M), Life Member of Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Founder Secretary-General and Life Member of Environmental Research and Management Association of Malaysia (ENSEARCH).

For his excellent public service, he was conferred with both Federal and State awards: KMN in 1985, JSM in 1992 by the SPB Yang DiPertuan Agong (HM The King of Malaysia), and DPMP in 1993 by the DYMM Raja of Perlis.

Some of the highlights of his career are as follows:

As an engineer, he started as a "crane chaser" and learned how to mix different types of scrap metals by bins stored in a huge scrap yards in the making of nickel-chromium stainless steel at the Commonwealth Steel of BHP, Newcastle, NSW (Summer 1969); as a machine press operator making galvanized steel gutters for mobile homes and offices at John Lysaght NSW (Summer 1970); and as Mechanical Draftsman for the Design of Hazardous Dust Collection System at ALCAN Australia (Summer 1971).

In 1973-74, as a Factory and Machinery Inspector, he did the analysis of the industial accidents, investigated polluting factories, and conducted a pilot-scale plant for the sedimentation of palm oil mill effluent and in-house Industrial Hygiene Course for Graduate Engineers. Technical Assistants, and Technicians.

In 1975-76, as Staff Engineer, he did the internship at the US EPA R&D Laboratory, on the applicability of solar energy technology in pollution control, and presented a paper on this subject at the 33rd Industrial Waste Seminar, 3-5 May 1976, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Purdue Univeristy, West Lafayette, Indiana.

In 1976, he joined the Division of Environment, Ministry of Science, Technology, and the Environment, as Principal Assistant Director (Water Quality), designed a national network of water quality monitoring stations, and introduced the "Space-Time Equivalence" concept in the management of limited budget and manpower resources for labour-cost optimization.

In 1977, as a Secretary to the Ad-hoc Panel on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), he helped formulated the EIA Procedure and Guidelines, and worked closely with Mr John O'Brien, a Consultant from New Zealand, and organised two national Seminars: one one EIA at the PJ Civic Centre, and another on "Systems Engineering on Water Quality Management", with the support of MITRE Corp of Arlington Virginia USA, at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall (the old Parliament Building), Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

In 1978, he drafted the Environmental Quality (Sewage and Industrial Effluents) Regulations of 1979 under the Environmental Qualtiy Act of 1974, and had been heavily involved as a Member of Technical Committee on National Water Resources Study and Master Plan.

During the period 1977-1980, he had been given an additonal duty by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and the Environment, to have been the Head of Delegation to the ASEAN Working Group on Marine Sciences, and to have joined the Delegation of Malaysia to the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) held in Geneva and New York, during 3-month long Spring and Fall seasons, and in the negotiations relating to the provisions on "Marine Scientifc Research" and "Extended Continental Shelf".

During the period August 1980-February 1984, he took a study break after having successfully secured an East-West Center (EWC) Grant to have pursued a PhD degree in Marine Geography at the University of Hawaii, and heavily involved in R&D relating to "Extended National Maritime Jurisdictions", and focussed on the "Prospects of Marine Regionalism in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore."

After having completed his PhD, he continued his service with DOE, and given additional responsibility to be the sole Delegate at the IMO Plenopotentiary Conferences on CLC Convention of 1969, FUND Protocol of 1984, and HNS Convention, held in London.

In 1985, he was seconded to EPU, and drafted two chapters of the Fifth Malaysia Plan (1986-1990): one on "Science and Technology" and another on "Environment".

In 1986, he was promoted to be DOE Director for Operations in charge of Enforcement and Monitoring, and to coordinate the ASEAN- Canada Cooperative Programmes on Marine Sciences , and similar Programmes with Australia and USA. He was also intrumental in formulating "National Water Quality Criteria and Standards" which formed the basis in the formulation of "ASEAN Water Quality Criteria and Standards". During the same year, he set up the DOE Computerization Programme and installed HP Miniframe with Local Area Network (LAN).

In 1987, he was again the sole Delegate to the UNEP Plenopotentiary Conference on the Montreal Protocol on Chrlorofluorocarbons and other Substances that Deplete Ozone Layer, under the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer of 1985, and initiated the successful Malaysia's Phase-Out Programme on CFCs and Halon.

In 1988, he updated the EIA Procedure and Guidelines, and enforced the EIA Order of 1988, chaired EIA Committee , and served as the Secretary to the Panel on Detailed EIA until April 1, 1990.

In 1989, he formulated a Policy on "Private Investment in Toxic and Hazardous Waste Management" by applying "Polluters-pay Principle, and conducted techno-economic assessment of 15 proposals on "Integrated THW Treatment" Project. The successful one is now the Integrated Facility owned and operated by Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd in Bukit Nenas, Negeri Sembilan (www.kualitialam.com.my). He also initiated another Policy on the "Privatisation of Environmental Quality Monitoring and Data Management" based on the classic article "The Economics of Information" by Prof Dr Joseph Stigler of Chicago University, Nobel Laureate in Economics. This proposal has been commercialised since 1992 by Alam Sekitar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ASMA). It is one of the major subsidiaries of a public-listed company, PIC Corp Berhad.

In 1990, he was appointed as the Director-General of DOE till he took his optional retirement on 31 August 1995 (Merdeka Day).

Upon retirement, during the period 1995-1996, he joined Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad (KGB) as Senior Controller for Engineering and Processing, helped to pursue KGB's vision to realise their "Dream Mills", that is, the most advanced, highly efficient, and most-environment friendly palm oil mills, and became the Managing Director of Guthrie Industries Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a revived company involved in the manufacturing and installation of rubber processing machinery and equipment for national and regional market.

In 1997, he was "head-hunted" and became the Managing Director of Alam Sekitar Malaysia Sdn Bhd, as the Company over the previous 3 to 5 years had not been able to get their "monitoring equipment and intrumentation" going and the data capture was much below the expected level, ie, above 85 per cent. With a local team support, not with all the expatriate Managers, he managed to fulfill the Company's expectation, by re-engineering the operations and by having "tropicalised" all the equipment and instrumentation with close technical collaboration of the original equipment manufaturers in the temperate countries, including Canada, Germany, Italy, UK, and USA.

By the year 2000, the whole national networks have been fully established and run smoothly with "handsome" financial return to shareholders and investors: 50 Continuous Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAQM), 10 Continuous River Water Quality Monitoring Stations (CWQM), over 999 stations for water quality sampling.

During the period 2000-2003, he joined PEREMBA Sdn Bhd as Group Director of Technology, introduced Knowledge Management (KM) Programme, conducted weekly Colloquium, and the most challenging of all, had successfully "commercialised a patent" in the manufacture of weld-free exhaust system by Modulogic Sdn Bhd, one of the engineering subsidiaries of the Group.

In 2004, he joined Enviro-LIFT Sdn Bhd, as a Senior Principal Environmental Consultant, and continues to promote his enviro-concept by having introduced the so-called "Indifferent Consumers-pay" Principle, as one of the key economic Policy instruments in the management of solid waste (www.ea-swmc.org). He also promotes "waste separation@ source" as the first intervention that is necessarily required, should Malaysia and other developing economies, be wanting to be successful in addressing their waste problems in the 21st Century.

During the period 2005-2008, he had invested heavily and managed to have introduced to IKS Selandar Melaka the most advanced, highly energy-efficient, environment-friendly technology in the dehydration of farm produce and products, including banana (modern pisang salai) and mangoes. This is also to help realise the vision of fellow pensioners in promoting rural-agriculture sustainability through the concept of Rural Business Incubation (RUBI) (www.rubi-foods.com.my), as much to help eradicate poverty, particularly among single-mothers, as to add value, through technology, to rural agriculture produce and products.

Because of his heavy commitment with the Commission in New York, from two weeks per year in 1997 up to 16 weeks in 2007 onwards, there is not much time left to pursue one's vision, mission, and dream.

As translated to him by an Italian associate in Milan, Italy, from Latin to English: "To dream is free; to realise one's dream, very expensive!" Indeed, it has been very "expensive" pursuit toward a sustainable future: money-wise, and time-wise.

In between New York and Kuala Lumpur, he has started contributing a regular column "The Other Dimension" in the Monthly Magazine, MILENIA Muslim since January 2008. Some of the topics covered include: "What Ought to be on the Table, Not Under ... !", "Straight Front", ... to "Federalisation of Solid Waste Management" (www.straightfront.blogspot.com).

Life has to go on ... !

Other current interests include the following:

  1. Techno-economic Study of Ocean Thermal Enegy (OTEC), Sabah Trough; and
  2. Life-Support Systems for remote and rocky islands: Solar-Wind Energy Generation, Freshwater Production, Hydrophonics of Algae, Fruits, Vegetables, and other Produce.

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