3R is old school, Miri now practising 5R to green the environment

Lee watering a plant that he had planted earlier. To his right is councillor Karambir Singh.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, April 6: Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said Miri City was moving into 5R to promote greater awareness among its people about waste management and the need to keep the resort city clean and green.

Officiating at a tree planting ceremony at Lorong Tasik 1 in Vista Perdana Permyjaya this morning, he said 5R stood for `Refuse, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce.

“We are practising 5R … more focus to be given to our environment as part of our effort to turn Miri city into a green city,” he said.

In line with this policy, it is understood that the ‘No plastic straw” campaign will be implemented in June this year.

“Since we kicked off with the tree planting project in 2017, we have set our target to plant 5,000 trees in Miri,” said Lee, who also vowed to turn the city into a `mini tracking park’ with more green space.

In 2017, when the project started, 2,050 trees were planted in Lutong.

In February, 160 trees were planted in Vista Perdana, and today, another 600 of the Tecoma and Bunga Tanjong species were planted at Lorong Tasik 1.

Today’s event, which involved about 50 people, was a collaboration between Miri City Council (MCC) with Sarawak Teachers’ Training Institute (Miri), SMK Lutong, Miri Industrial Training Institute (ILP) and Malaysian Red Crescent Miri Chapter. — DayakDaily