Sa­bati, MBKS col­lab­o­rate in green­ing the city

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KUCH­ING: Over 200 seedlings of hi­bis­cus and fox­tail palms were planted along the stretch of Jalan Se­tia Raja near the Sa­ma­jaya Na­ture Re­serve here yes­ter­day.

The plant­ing event, ini­ti­ated by Kuch­ing South City Coun­cil (MBKS), was graced by the Chief Min­is­ter’s wife who is also Sarawak Badan Amal Te­naga Is­teri-Is­teri (Sa­bati) pres­i­dent Datin Pat­inggi Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bu­jang.

A to­tal of 115 hi­bis­cus seedlings and 92 fox­tail palm seedlings were planted along that stretch of road as part of MBKS’ ef­forts to beau­tify the city.

MBKS mayor Datuk James Chan, in his ad­dress, said the Sarawak gov­ern­ment had placed em­pha­sis on keep­ing the en­vi­ron­ment green and pre­serv­ing na­ture re­serve in the state.

He said this is a rea­son why city dwellers can get to en­joy fresh air and em­brace na­ture right in the city cen­tre here.

He thus called on cit­i­zens to ap­pre­ci­ate what the city has to of­fer and at the same time give their best to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Chan, many ad­vanced cities across the globe see sky­scrapers and big pop­u­la­tion but not many have ac­cess to green en­vi­ron­ment and fresh air.

Given this, he said the peo­ple of Kuch­ing must shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of look­ing af­ter the na­ture they have.

Mean­while, Juma’ani said Sa­bati fo­cused on not just char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties to reach out to the less for­tu­nate and the needy but it also pro­moted preser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

She was de­lighted to note that the plant­ing event had re­ceived good re­sponse from var­i­ous par­ties in­clud­ing stu­dents from Limkokwing Uni­ver­sity of Creative Tech­nol­ogy here.

Juma’ani hoped that Sa­bati to­gether with MBKS would or­gan­ise more sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in fu­ture.

Manyin (third left) hits the gong to de­clare open the din­ner as oth­ers look on.

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