Perak DOE to work with NGOs


  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Oct 2003

By V.P. SUJATA

IPOH: The state Department of Environment (DOE) plans to form a task force with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Perak to resolve public interest issues. 

“Such a task force will allow us to reach a wider spectrum of people and get feedback, especially on environmental issues,” said state DOE director Abu Hasan Mohd Isa. 

Abu Hasan said the task force, to be set up next year, could also organise projects such as gotong-royong and the department would obtain funding for such events. 

The decision to set up the task force was made after Abu Hasan accepted an idea raised by Perak Tourist Association secretary Mohd Odzman Abd Kadir at a dialogue between NGOs and DOE here yesterday. 

Odzman said it was best for NGOs and DOE to join forces to create awareness among the public, mainly the younger generation, who would have to continue the task. 

Abu Hasan also advised NGOs to be brave when making complaints to DOE. 

On another matter, Abu Hasan said the department would conduct free lessons on checking the roadworthiness of lorries in the state. 

“They will be taught ways of measuring smoke emission and reducing black smoke from vehicles,” he said.  

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