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SMC to stamp out illegal swiftlet farms
Tarikh : 28 Nov 2019  Sumber Berita: Borneo Post Online (Peter Boon)

Ting (centre) fields questions from the media, as Rhoda (third left) and other councillors look on.
Ting (centre) fields questions from the media, as Rhoda (third left) and other councillors look on.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will initiate a joint operation with two government departments to clamp down of swiftlet farming activities in the central business district (CBD) area here.

SMC chairman Clarence Ting said the move comes after council had received numerous complaints from the public that such activities were being carried out inside shop houses, causing not only a nuisance but also noise pollution and other public health issues.

“Public health issues should be the top priority of the council. Therefore, SMC will initiate a joint operation with the Forest Department being the licence issuer body, and Land and Survey Department on the breach of title usage of implementation of such activities in shop houses,” he said after chairing a full council meeting yesterday.

He said the first stage of the operation would be to end the activity in the CBD area, before moving to other areas within the council’s jurisdiction.

When asked, Ting said he was uncertain as to the number of swiftlet farms in the CBD area.

“These swiftlets farming activities are definitely not encouraged in the CBD area, but we are not the authority to stop this as it is up to Forest Department to take action on this matter.”

Meanwhile, SMC Public Health, Environment and Municipal Services Standing Committee chairperson Rhoda Ting reminded all eateries under the council’s jurisdiction that the total ban on single-use straws takes effect Jan 1 next year.

In this regard, she urged eatery operators not to stock up on plastic straws.

She said failure to adhere to the ban would result in confiscation of the straws and compound issued to the operator.

Similarly, Rhoda advised supermarkets here to avoid providing plastic bags to their customers, saying proprietors should instead use biodegradable plastic bags

“Shoppers are strongly encouraged to bring their own bags.

“Collective efforts are required to help preserve the environment,” she said.