PETALING JAYA: The public should not take the haze problem for granted even though the "season" seems to have passed, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The social activist said a lot of comments and opinions were voiced out by members of society every time the haze occured.
"However, the issue should not be taken lightly now that good weather is upon us.
"Malaysians can be said to have short memories as they will voice their anger over the haze but will forget it once it has passed.
"The cycle will continue every year," he said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 19).
Lee said he hoped Malaysians would continue to pressure the authorities to take necessary action to tackle the problem effectively to prevent it from happening again.
"The country needs to have a Trans-Boundary Haze Act, similar to the one that Singapore has had since 2014.
"The proposal by the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry for a Trans-Border Pollution Act is a move in the right direction, and I hope the process to present it to Cabinet runs smoothly," he said.
The government must have a firm and clear stand on the haze issue while coming up with suitable measures to curb it, he added.
"Cooperation and discussion with neighbouring countries must be done to tackle the issue for the sake of health and protecting the environment towards having zero-haze in the near future.
"The haze problem that plagues our country, along with other countries in the region, is not a new problem. It happens almost every year.
"The latest incident more than a month ago disrupted our lives and impacted the health of Malaysians, as well as the nation's economy," he said.