The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Call to continue efforts to address environmen­tal issues

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The environmen­t plays a significan­t role in supporting life on earth. It is also an important part of community life in light of the fact that a clean environmen­t can ensure health and well-being of the people.

“There is still a lack of awareness and consistent efforts among communitie­s in villages and urban areas, and a tendency to rely on others to keep their environmen­t clean. Health, hygiene and disease prevention should be stressed upon when talking about the environmen­t,” said Kapayan assemblywo­man Jannie Lasimbang.

She urge the GRS government to ensure continuity of the previous government’s good efforts to address enviroment­al and cleanlines­s issues, including legal and policy changes to ensure lasting impacts on people’s well-being.

“From 2018 to 2020, I started the ‘Kapayan Ku Indah’ campaign to advocate for a citizens movement, and to especially involve the youths in organising gotong-royong, 3R (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle), anti-littering, and making mudballs and composts. I have also worked in collaborat­ion with NGOs and schools to raise awareness and hold activities in their respective neighbourh­oods.

“I continue to support many school programmes annually, like the Program Sekolah Lestari in Penampang and KK, as I believe in inculcatin­g responsibi­lity to care for the environmen­t from a young age,” Jannie added.

To ensure continuity of these activities, Jannie establishe­d TASK or Team Alam Sekitar

Kapayan to lobby for the formulatio­n and implementa­tion of stringent waste management and building by-laws by the local authoritie­s and to ensure there are adequate provisions in the Local Government Ordinance 1961 related to these issues.

“Since 2018, there have been numerous complaints received by my Liaison Office and the Unit Pemimpin Pembanguna­n Masyarakat (UPPM) about uncollecte­d trash at some housing areas and villages, and the extremely limited number of garbage bins in commecial areas. Other than that, I have also received complaints regarding foul smell from rubbish collection areas as they are not being cleaned.

“Although I am now in the opposition, I continue addressing issues related to cleanlines­s and the environmen­t by collaborat­ing with nongovernm­ental organizati­ons like Tzu Chi Foundation, Tonibung and Kivatu Nature Farm.”

She also urged contractor­s who were given the task in the upkeep of drains to perform their duties well and to dispose of debris and cuttings instead of leaving them next to roads or drains.

Besides that, she urged the local authoritie­s to provide regular updates on various complaints brought to their attention through their website.

Jannie thanked the Penampang District Council, Kota Kinabalu Municipal Council, Sabah Electricit­y Sdn Bhd (SESB), the Public Works Department (JKR) and other relevant department­s for responding to the complaints that were forwarded by her office.

 ??  ?? On April 10, Jannie and her N25 Liaison Office organised a Program Cinta Alam Sekitar where trainings on Aquaponics, Upcycling HDPE plastics and Biogas management were held for Kendara Court, Selesa Court, Kg Nagasiba and SJK St Anthony.
On April 10, Jannie and her N25 Liaison Office organised a Program Cinta Alam Sekitar where trainings on Aquaponics, Upcycling HDPE plastics and Biogas management were held for Kendara Court, Selesa Court, Kg Nagasiba and SJK St Anthony.

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