Unit 5 Individual Project
International Business Law & Ethics
January 4, 2011
In this paper I will be describing the levels of environmental regulations in Thailand and Singapore. The legislation regarding Thailand and Singapore’s working hours and wages will also be described and discussed. I will then be explaining if I believe these regulations regarding environmental and labor laws are sufficient enough.
Describe the two countries environmental regulation levels.
The neighboring Southeast Asian countries of Singapore and Malaysia have very different environmental regulations. Singapore is a small city-state with a population of roughly 4 million and a population density of 6,150 per square kilometer. Singapore is known and seen as a model green city. They endure this reputation partly due to its great effort to control urban congestion and pollution, along with the retention of green landscapes within the built environment (Perry & Singh, 2001).
On the other hand Malaysia, has a population of about 20 million distributed between the comparatively urbanized peninsula and the less developed states of Sabah and Sarawak, has very poor environmental images. Deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the marginalization of indigenous populations in resource management decisions account for much of the negative images (Perry & Singh, 2001).
Singapore is not considered a developed country. If it were to occur economic implications and international obligations would be brought up. This includes responsibilities under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Perry & Singh, 2001). Malaysia is still managing the transition to an industrial society. Around one fourth of Malaysia’s workforce is employed in agriculture, and nearly half the population lives outside urban areas. Malaysia’s lawmakers show a...