Mon­key vest for lit­ter­bugs not ap­pro­pri­ate – Jau­jan

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: The Sem­porna Dis­trict Coun­cil’s move to pun­ish lit­ter­bugs by ask­ing them to wear a vest em­bossed with the word “monyet” (mon­key) when pick­ing up rub­bish is not ap­pro­pri­ate, said Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Jau­jan Sam­bakong.

De­scrib­ing the word as lack of dig­nity, Jau­jan said the coun­cil could con­sider other words like ‘I will keep Sem­porna clean’.

“I un­der­stand and can ac­cept if a lit­ter­bug is sen­tenced to pick up trash as part of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

“How­ever, I can­not com­pre­hend why the need to use such vests.

“We know this is a dras­tic ac­tion be­ing en­forced due to the garbage prob­lem in the dis­trict but the use of monyet vest is un­ac­cept­able,” said the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing Min­is­ter and Su­la­bayan assem­bly­man.

He said a dis­cus­sion would be held with dis­trict level com­mit­tees to im­prove the word­ing which was de­cided by a spe­cial com­mit­tee in­volv­ing the dis­trict coun­cil, in­clud­ing the po­lice and other agen­cies.

“We will talk to them and see what other ap­proach that can be used,” he added.

Last month, Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal launched a clean-up cam­paign and gave the coun­cil un­til March this year to clean up Sem­porna.

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