Vil­lagers told to help clean rivers in their midst

The Borneo Post - - HOME -

LUNDU: Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment is urg­ing vil­lagers in this district to help in clean­ing rivers and clear blocked drains in their midst.

Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Dato Sri Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far, the peo­ple them­selves should take the ini­tia­tive to do the job and not rely on the gov­ern­ment which might take a longer time to do.

He be­lieved that work to clean rivers and clear blocked drains were the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery­body, not just the

The gov­ern­ment can­not do all the clean­ing work alone. Just imag­ine how much it will cost the gov­ern­ment – to bring in skilled work­ers, rent boats and other equip­ment to do the work.

gov­ern­ment.

“The gov­ern­ment can­not do all the clean­ing alone. Just imag­ine how much it will cost the to bring in skilled work­ers, rent boats and other equip­ment to do the work,” he told a press con­fer­ence at the com­mu­nity hall here yes­ter­day.

He said the prob­lems were best solved if ev­ery­body did their part. He added that the DID could help by giv­ing the vil­lagers some money to do the clean­ing work.

Ear­lier, 52 Vil­lage De­vel­op­ment and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tees (JKKKs) in the district re­ceived a bud­get of RM10,000 each for the pur­pose. Wan Ju­naidi him­self gave away the fund.

He said the fund was given not as a po­lit­i­cal stunt of the BN in the run-up to the Tan­jong Datu by- elec­tion to­mor­row.

“This bud­get was ap­proved last year,” he said.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has ap­proved a to­tal of RM635.67 mil­lion un­der the 11th Malaysian Plan’s Se­cond Rolling Plan for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of 336 projects in Sarawak.

Most of the projects are re­lated to flood mit­i­ga­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­cov­ery pro­grammes.

Dato Sri Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far, Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment

Wan Ju­naidi (fifth left) dis­trib­utes the fund to the JKKKs while oth­ers look on.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.