Community engagement crucial in clean rivers outreach campaigns

Lee (4th left, front row) posing with Kampung Tanjong Batu community members during the programme.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Sept 12: Community engagement in clean rivers outreach campaigns is crucial to ensure the success of its implementation, says Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

He said it is important for the public, especially those residing along the riverbanks, to take ownership of rivers and realise their role in protecting the source for clean access and safe drinking water.

“Water is life, not only as one of major transportation in the state, it is crucial for all aspects of our livelihood, from basic drinking water to food production to conservation of the environment,” Lee opined.

Speaking at the public awareness on clean and rivers safety programme at Kampung Pujut Tanjong Batu here today, he hoped such a campaign could enhance the public’s awareness on how they could help to take care of rivers.

“I do hope that this campaign can turn into a successful sustainability campaign so that we can have clean rivers and beaches,” he said.

During the one-day programme, villagers managed to collect a total of 734.5 kg of waste from the Sungai Pujut and its surrounding areas.

The programme was hosted by Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) and Miri City Council (MCC) with the aim to inculcate community on rivers waste clean-up activities.

Also present were SRB chairman Dr Murni Suhaili, SRB assistant controller Region III Leonard Luhat Laing , Miri District officer Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf and ketua kaum Kampung Pujut Tanjong Batu Isman Suleiman.-DayakDaily