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No end in sight for litter woes

7:37pm 07/12/2013 Pak Roshan 33 views Kota Kinabalu,Local

When you see rubbish, pick it up! It is not as simple as it may seem. The Kota Kinabalu City Hall has been picking up rubbish for ages. When the Anti-litterbug campaign was launched in May 2008 the hope was to make Kota Kinabalu City clean.

Today City Hall is still hoping. “The cleanliness campaign is a continuous efforts and City Hall is striving to carry out this campaign and expanding it,” Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir said in his speech.

Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, State Secretary(second left) holding the plaque with Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir (left) at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the City Hall Kota Kinabalu and several local authorities

Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, State Secretary(second left) holding the plaque with Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir (left) at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the City Hall Kota Kinabalu and several local authorities

Abidin explained that the Anti-Litterbugs Patriot Campaign was part of the 50 Years Sabah Maju Dalam Malaysia programme launched on 15 September.

Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir

Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir

“The campaign is intended to increase the cleanliness level in line with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman’s wish to make Kota Kinabalu and the rest of Sabah clean for ourselves and for whoever come to Sabah,” he said.

He also hoped that the programme could be better carried out with collaboration from local authorities in Penampang, Papar, Putatan, Ranau, Kota Belud and Tuaran.

“I believe with City Hall taking the lead the effort will give this  programme a better chance of success,” he said.

Abidin disclosed that according to a study carried out by University Malaysia Sabah, the villagers in the surrounding kampongs are in a habit of throwing their wastes into the nearby rivers, which would then flow out to sea and then get washed back to shore to end up on our beaches.

“For example on Tanjung lipat beach, we actually clean the beach everyday and we get large amount of waste the next day.”

“It is a never-ending battle but we will not stop and will continue our efforts until we reach our goal,” he said.

Since the campaign started, only 20 government departments and agencies including nine police stations within Kota Kinabalu have signed up for the programme.

According to City Hall’s Cleanliness and Environmental Health Department director, Robert Lipon, the state department and agencies have given poor response to the campaign.

Robert Lipon

Robert Lipon

In his presentation, he also revealed that the number of participants for the No Plastic bag campaign on Saturday, Sunday and Monday has increased to 297 outlets.

State Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman was also present to witness the signing ceremony of the MoU. He supports the motion to extend and intensify the implementation of the anti-litterbugs campaign at all the state as well as public sector premises and precincts including areas under the control of the local authorities.

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