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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, July 3: The Kuching City Cleanliness Month was created to raise residents’ awareness of the importance of cleanliness in the city and to encourage greater cooperation and participation between the local authorities and residents in maintaining the city’s cleanliness.
The event was officiated at today at the Kuching Waterfront here, by Deputy Minister in the Premier of Sarawak’s Department (Law, MA63, and State-Federal Relations) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali who represented the Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“As reflected in the theme, “Kuching Bersih Tanggungjawab Bersama” (A Clean Kuching Is A Shared Responsibility), it is our shared responsibility to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
“To live a prosperous life, we as residents must take an active role in preserving a clean and healthy environment.
“Therefore, it is our responsibility as citizens to always appreciate, comprehend, and contribute to a clean environment,” said Abang Johari, according to a speech text read out by Sharifah Hasidah.
Abang Johari also congratulated Kuching North City Hall (DBKU), Kuching South City Council (MBKS), and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP), as well as all those who contributed to the event’s success, expressing hope that this level of cooperation will continue in the future.
Meanwhile, DBKU mayor Datu Junaidi Reduan stated in his speech that several events and activities have been planned by DBKU, MBKS, and MPP for the month of July, all of which require the participation of Kuching residents.
“We are confident that doing so will instill a love of cleanliness in the residents.
“Among the activities planned by the three local authorities are the Clean Kuching City Run, City Cleanliness Seminar, Clean Toilet Competition, Clean City Awareness, 2022 Rat Eradication Campaign, ‘Gotong-Royong’ Programme, Buy Back Recycling Campaign, and others.
“Our hope is that raising awareness of the importance of cleanliness will encourage Kuching residents to take responsibility for the city’s cleanliness and to continue the practices and habits which ensure Kuching is always clean,” he said.
Also present were MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, MPP deputy chairman Dato Ahmad Ibrahim, and Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap. — DayakDaily