Kuching City Cleanliness Month culminates with ‘plogging walk’

Wee (front, first left), Dr Abdul Rahman (front, centre), and Lo (front, first right) picking up trash during the 'plogging' walk today (July 31, 2022).

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, July 31: The ‘Kuching Old City Plogging Walk’ was held today as the culminating event in conjunction with the closing ceremony of Kuching City Cleanliness Month 2022.

Following the end of July’s Cleanliness Month, Kuching City will celebrate its 34th anniversary on August 1, 2022, with the hope of strengthening the city’s success in charting its own history, in line with the State government’s aspirations for realising the Post Covid-19 Development Strategies (PCDS) 2030 agenda.

The ‘plogging’ (picking up rubbish while jogging or walking) walk was flagged off by Deputy Minister for Utility and Telecommunication (Utility) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

“The Kuching City Cleanliness Month, which takes place in July, is a month of community outreach with the theme ‘Kuching Bersih Tanggungjawab Bersama’ (A Clean Kuching is a Shared Responsibility).

“I am confident that the establishment of Cleanliness Month will increase the visibility of Kuching City while also assisting local authorities in making Kuching a clean city by providing the best services possible.

“In addition, Cleanliness Month plays an important role in cultivating city residents who are more responsible for the cleanliness of the city and in fostering an appreciation for cleanliness,” Dr Abdul Rahman said today during the closing ceremony of Kuching City Cleanliness Month 2022 held at the Godown Amphitheatre Waterfront here.

He also congratulated Kuching North City Commission (DBKU), Kuching South City Council (MBKS), and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) for their determined, committed, and ongoing efforts to ensure the success of Cleanliness Month.

Moreover, Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Pantai Damai assemblyman, stated that the ‘plogging’ walk would include the areas surrounding Carpenter Street, Main Bazaar, India Street, Jalan Gambier, and Kuching Waterfront.

He noted that the ‘plogging’ walk was organised by DBKU in collaboration with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, and the Sarawak Information Department (Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia).

Aside from that, DBKU held a prize-giving ceremony for competitions held throughout the month, which were the ‘New Things From Old’ competition (June 17 to July 17) and the ‘Kuching City Cleanliness Month Logo Contest’ (June 17 to June 16) which received positive feedback.

Also present were DBKU Datuk Bandar Datu Junaidi Reduan, MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang, and MBKS deputy mayor Hilmy Othman. — DayakDaily