Sunday 8 September 2019 – Malaysia’s Minister of Housing and Local Government, The Hon Zuraida Kamaruddin MP, is in Adelaide this week to present two lectures on globally important issues.

This evening, Sunday 8 September, Minister Zuraida will present the Commemorative Brian Robinson Lecture at CleanUp 2019 – the 8th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference.

The lecture, which honours one of Australia’s most influential environmental champions, will focus on waste management in Malaysia. Between 2005 and 2018, as Malaysia’s population grew by just over a third, the nation more than doubled its waste generation to over 38,000 tonnes per day, or almost 14 million tonnes per year.

To tackle this enormous challenge, the Government of Malaysia in 2007 assumed federal authority for solid waste management, which falls under the ambit of Zuraida’s Ministry.

“To reduce reliance on landfill, the government has waged a technological war on waste treatment that includes composting, incinerators, anaerobic digesters and waste-to-energy initiatives, said Zuraida. “We have also launched campaigns to shift public attitudes to waste reduction and recycling.”

Zuraida will also be presenting a public lecture on Women, Empowerment and Islam: A Malaysian Politician’s Perspective at the University of South Australia (UniSA) on Monday 9 September.

A leading proponent of increasing the participation of women of all ages in all fields, particularly leadership positions, politics and industry, Zuraida has launched various initiatives to develop leadership skills in young women. She is also an advocate for the rights of indigenous women in Malaysia, championing the plight of indigenous Penan women in the state of Sarawak who suffered systemic sexual violence and exploitation at the hands of illegal loggers.

In Monday’s lecture, presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Zuraida will share her personal experience and views as a wife, mother and a female politician on how the teachings of Islam guide her efforts in empowering women in Malaysia.

The lecture will take place at the Barbara Hanrahan Building, BH2-09, Hawke Building, UniSA City West campus, North Terrace, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. Register via

While in Adelaide, Zuraida will also greet Malaysian university students studying at UniSA, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, and meet the Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor and the Hon Stephan Knoll, South Australian Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Minister for Planning.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) is hosting CleanUp 2019 – the 8th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference incorporating the 2nd International PFAS Conference – in Adelaide

CleanUp 2019 takes place from 8 to 11 September. The conference program is available at CRC CARE does research, develops technologies, and provides policy guidance for assessing, cleaning up and preventing contamination of soil, water and air.

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