IPOH: Perak environmental committee chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Bari (pic) has called on the Federal Government to set up a permanent council to tackle environmental issues.
He said there should be such body to act as a liaison between the state and Federal Government to be more effective in handling environmental matters.
"It is necessary to have it to share information between the state and Federal Government and for national policies or actions to be streamlined and implemented.
"There is a need for relevant state agencies to sit together to see what can be done," he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house organised by the Society of the Blind in Malaysia Perak branch here on Sunday (June 16).
"I think it's necessary so that all states can move forward together and none will lag behind," he said.
"Maybe it could be chaired by either the Prime Minister or his deputy so that it has more importance," he added.
Abdul Aziz said the people assume that the state government has authority to act on environmental issues.
"States do not have the expertise or the funds to do so.
"State environmental departments have laws, but lack 'teeth' and enforcement," he said, adding that the Federal Government also has more resources than state governments.
"Like the Sungai Kim Kim toxic pollution incident, the Johor government relied on federal agencies to handle the issue.
"For example, we would also need the Federal Government to deal with other countries to share river cleaning technology," he added.