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SMC rolls out project to deter indiscriminate dumping
Tarikh : 28 May 2019  Sumber Berita: Borneo Post Online

SIBU: The Public Health Section of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will monitor the progress of a pilot project to deter indiscriminate dumping to be held at Kampung Usahajaya Baru, Jalan Sentosa, Salim here after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“This is to ensure the proposed activities under the project will be carried out as planned,” SMC Public Health, Environment and Municipal Services Standing Committee vice-chairperson Nazatusyima Bujang said recently.

The project, jointly organised by JCI Mandarin Sibu and SMC, carries the tag-line ‘Anti-Illegal Dumping Warrior’.
“A series of programmes will be carried out to increase awareness such as working together with Health Department for talks, gotong-royong, walkabout and visitation, and colouring contests for school children at SK Sentosa and Tadika Kemas,” she disclosed.

Nazatusyima also pointed out that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the JC chapter and the council for the purpose of formally acknowledging the partnership between the two parties as well as fostering a trusting working relationship to ensure the success of the project.
“I hope the MoU between all parties will be a good synergy to create awareness of the shared responsibility to keep our environment clean and to promote racial and social harmony within the community.

“Building community engagement is important because citizens are ‘engaged’ when they play a meaningful role in the deliberations, discussions, decision-making and/or implementation of projects or programmes affecting them,” Nazatusyima added.

Stressing the importance of keeping the living environment clean, she said: “Yes, it is important for the community to take care of their surroundings. Littering and illegal dumping of waste have the potential to cause health and safety risks for both people and the natural environment.
“It provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and is a potential fire hazard and blocks waterways, hence potential for flooding and many more. It will also decrease the community pride and intensifies the problems.

“Taking care of cleanliness is the responsibility of everyone. Cleanliness starts from home. By spending 10 minutes a week, we can make a difference.”

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil regards the collaboration between JCI Mandarin Sibu and SMC as “one that works towards attaining a greener environment”.

He described it as a very good initiative run by a non-governmental organisation and a local authority (LA) towards instilling in the public, including civil societies, the culture of maintaining a clean and sustainable environment.

“Such culture should start at home, to be adopted at community-level and eventually, to be extended to the entire area under the LA (jurisdiction),” he added.