Public cooperation needed to combat illegal dumping

Yap (front, fourth left) together with MPP councilors and JCI Padawan members taking a group photo before starting the JCI World Cleanup Day 2020 event.

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KUCHING, Sept 19: Members of the public in Kota Padawan area are urged to dispose of their waste properly and responsibly in order to create a better living environment for everyone.

In saying this, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau chief Wilfred Yap noted that the cooperation from the public in this matter would also help the Padawan Municipal Council to reduce the cost for clean up, and the money can be used to provide something better for the public.

According to Yap, he has received numerous complaints from the public regarding illegal dumping, and has gotten the council to do the cleanup.

“Every time the council does this kind of clean up, it costs the council a lot of money, which is the taxpayers’ money. If everybody is responsible enough to actually reduce and dispose of their waste properly (rather than dumping it on the roadside), it would save the council money and time.

“The money can be used for other things which might be more beneficial to the ‘rakyat’,” he told reporters when attending the World Clean Up Day 2020 program held at Kota Sentosa Town Square, today.

Yap, who is also SUPP Kota Sentosa branch chairman, pointed out the council has done a lot of public awareness on this matter and hoped that through such a programme, the public will be aware of the need to actually play their role in keeping the environment clean.

“Basically, if everybody started to reduce their waste, the council would not have to spend a lot for the cleanup process, which in turn helps to reduce the cost, and the money can be applied for more meaningful activities,” he added.

Earlier on, representing the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang, Yap conveyed his appreciation to the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Padawan for inviting MPP to participate in the JCI World Cleanup Day event.

He said MPP welcomed the collaboration with JCI Padawan in order to raise public awareness on sustainable waste practices and its importance for the environment in order to create a better place for the communities to live and work.

“It is hoped that this collaboration will go a long way towards creating public awareness to achieve the ultimate goal of keeping our environment clean and sustainable by connecting all sectors of society and in the process will bring fundamental changes into Government policies for more sustainable use and management of our country’s resources,” said Yap. – DayakDaily

Yap are seen picking up the trash around the Kota Sentosa Square when participating in the JCI World Cleanup Day 2020 event, today.