Sg Ara Hillslope Development Quashed – A Major Win for Environmental Law

In late January 2023, the Federal Court in a landmark decision, quashed a hillside development that was issued by the local authority in Penang. Federal Court judge Nallini Pathmanathan who wrote the unanimous decision, ruled that Section 22(2A) says that the development affecting hill tops or hill slopes is no longer merely an issue of local state governance, but is also a federal and national issue.

What does this all mean, and how will this ruling impact other hillslope development plans around the country? BFM speaks to Datuk Dr Gurdial Singh Nijar, an advocate and solicitor who represented the Sg Ara residents who won the case after a decade long battle, to discuss the implications of this landmark decision, and why it’s a win for environmental law.

Check out the interview here: