MBKS takes green initiative: Drivers required to turn off council vehicles when idling effective April 1

File photo of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) headqurters at Jalan Padungan.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 6: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) has implemented new environmental measures effective April 1, requiring all drivers operating council vehicles to turn off their engines when idling or waiting.

MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng announced that the council secretary had issued a memo detailing this initiative to all council drivers.

“This is the Council taking small steps in combating climate change by reducing air pollution, heat, noise nuisance, and gas (fuel) wastage.

“The accumulation of pollutants has a detrimental impact on our environment, even more so during the current intolerable hot spell,” he said during his ShallWeeTalk Facebook live today.

Wee highlighted that this initiative would gradually extend to other areas within the Council’s jurisdiction, such as community markets and, eventually, commercial zones.

“And if possible, we aim to involve the public in this effort. This may necessitate adjustments to existing ordinances to formalise it into law. Let the Council begin our initial step,” he said, seeking cooperation from all stakeholders, including the public, in environmental protection.

Wee expressed confidence that this initiative would not only conserve vehicle and council resources but also enhance the well-being of residents and the environment, contributing to the transformation of Kuching into a more livable city. — DayakDaily