Kuching Car-Free Morning aims to promote healthy lifestyles through recreational sports, arts, cultural activities

Dr Sim (yellow shirt) cuts a ribbon to officiate at MBKS' Kuching Car-Free Morning while Wee (light blue shirt) and others look on.

KUCHING, May 14: Kuching Car-Free Morning is Kuching South City Council’s (MBKS) first initiative in promoting healthy lifestyles for locals and tourists in Kuching through recreational sports, arts and cultural activities.

MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said the programme also provides a massive opportunity to increase awareness about how much pollution affects everyone livelihood.

“In addition to that, the Car-Free Morning is to reduce the number of vehicles in the street and encourage people to not use any (private) vehicle that uses engines; instead, using bicycles, walking or public transportation.

“Yes, it might not involve long kilometers (sic) but we need to start with something. ‘To change the world, start with one step. However small, the first step is hardest of all,’” he said when launching the Kuching Car-Free Morning initiative at the MBKS headquarters here today.

Wee said, MBKS recognises the importance of promoting sustainable urban mobility and has taken numerous steps to encourage alternative modes of transportation.

He also said to ensure to ensure sustainable cities all around, there is a need to shift away from the current over-dependency on the automobile.

“We must continue to invest in sustainable urban mobility infrastructure, such as pedestrianised zones and bike lanes, and work with our partners to provide safe and accessible public transportation for all residents,” he said.

Among the activities held during the Kuching Car-Free Morning were an aerobic exercise session and a fun walk, including Leo Club Run organised by UCSI Kuching.

There was also a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Sunway Education Group (SEG) Sdn Bhd and MBKS witnessed by Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian. — DayakDaily