Ministry of Environment and Water
Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang is a national figure for his contributions as a public administrator, professional environmental engineer, academician, innovator, author and environmentalist in Malaysia. He was the first recipient of the most prestigious Merdeka Award 2009 for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement and became the youngest Vice-Chancellor in the history of public universities in Malaysia, when he was appointed at the age of 43. New Straits Times hailed him as a “Malaysian Water Icon” in 2004. Malaysian national news agency, BERNAMA introduced him as an “environmental ideologue”. This is in recognition for his outstanding contribution to management, research, teaching and advocacy works related to the environmental sustainability, especially on waste and wastewater management, policy formulation and technology development.