Cars parked, lights off: MBKS’ Kuching Car-Free Day aligns with Earth Hour campaign on March 23

Wee (front row, centre) and others pose for a group photo after a press conference at the MBKS building in Kuching on March 20, 2024.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, March 20: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is organising the Kuching Car-Free Day this Saturday (March 23) from 6am to 10am at Saradise Kuching, which coincides with the Earth Hour campaign.

According to MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, last year’s Earth Hour event was a success, with Sarawak achieving significant reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in just one hour.


“Last year, MBKS alone achieved an eight-megawatt (MW) reduction, resulting in a CO2 reduction of 2,400kg during this period. The overall reduction throughout Sarawak, excluding Limbang and Lawas, amounted to 33MW, so the CO2 reduction is 9,900kg.

“This is for an hour, and you can save that much. So, I’m hoping we can do better this year,” he said during a press conference today at the MBKS complex here.

Wee disclosed the programme will involve buildings and companies such as Kingwood Hotel, Boulevard Shopping Mall, Ibraco Berhad, Vivacity Shopping Mall, Everrise Supermarket, Aeon Mall, Farley Shopping Mall, Imperial Hotel, Raia Hotel, Aeroville Mall, and Saradise Kuching.

“For us here, from our city hall, Taman Kuching, Dewan Masyarakat, Song Kheng Hai Hawker Centre, and Stutong Market—these are the people (sic) who are participating.

“And we have also written letters to all the schools to get awareness and for the students so that the students will be able to assist to remember to remind their parents to turn off the light on that night,” he said.

Meanwhile, a press handout revealed in addition to the Kuching Car-Free Day event in the morning, Earth Hour will be held observed at the MBKS complex’s Council Chamber on the fourth floor from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. — DayakDaily