Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

National transformation plan 2050 (TN50) vs environmental ethics: Towards achieving sustainable development goals


Azlan Abas*, Kadaruddin Aiyub,  Azmi Aziz

Recieved Date: 2018-07-18, Accepted Date: 2018-09-20


The sustainable development goals (SDG) right now are the main focus for every nation in the world to tackle and implement. With the rising of environmental problems and risks, the right policy should be planned and implemented promptly. Implementation of policy alone cannot ensure the success of the sustainable development goals. It must blend up together with the right ethics and thinking among the society. In Malaysia, ethics towards environment played a major role since the implementation of New Economics Policy in 1970 and Vision 2020 in 1991. Now, with the uprising TN50 we believe that the environmental ethics of Malaysian society have shifted again. The ethics shifting from anthropocentrism to technocentrism, then to ecocentrism eventually. A nation cannot simply start their economic development without degrading their natural resources. They have to use it, they have to pollute it. Then after their economic development become stable, they will turn to the technology by creating and producing much less polluting industry, renewable energy and etc. Eventually, the people will become ecocentric where they will be more preservative and conservative towards their nature and the component in it. With the right enforcement of law and governance, TN50 could be the solution to protect the environment from the harm that may emerge in the future.


Sustainable development, environmental ethics, TN50, Malaysia, environmental management

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2018
Volume: 16
Issue: 3&4
Category: Environment
Pages: 61-64

Full text for Subscribers

Note to users

The requested document is freely available only to subscribers / registered users with an online subscription to this Journal. If you have set up a personal subscription to this title please enter your user name and password ( All abstracts are available for free.

Article purchasing

If you like to purchase this specific document such as article, visit the site Software and compilation, Science & Technology, all rights reserved. Your use of this website details or service is governed by terms of use. Authors are invited to check from time to time news or information.

Purchase this Article:   20 Purchase PDF Order Reprints for 15

Share this article :