Ongoing efforts to raise awareness about river cleanliness and safety

Shiv: Efforts to raise awareness about the cleanliness and safety of the river will continue as part of ongoing efforts to educate the community, Safi Ahmad said.

Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) chairman Safiye said the SRB’s focus goes beyond one-off programmes and several initiatives are planned across Sarawak, including Lawas and other areas.

“We will continue our follow-up activities to ensure that efforts to raise awareness on river cleanliness, especially on environmental and safety issues, are sustained and long-lasting.”

He made the remarks while speaking to reporters after conducting a river clean-up campaign and Ngiring Bidai ceremony at Henry River in Sungai Pasing here yesterday (July 3).

Safiye, who is also Daro state assemblyman, said the programme has received great cooperation from local residents, including the participation of seven longhouses and students from SK Sungai Pasin and Pasin Health Clinic.

“One of the main objectives is to instil a sense of responsibility among riverside communities to maintain the cleanliness of the river.

“The river is a precious heritage that we must protect for future generations. Various activities were carried out during the programme, including joint activities (gotong royong), school-level awareness programmes and information sessions.”

He said he was confident that such programs would contribute greatly to SRB’s ongoing efforts to enhance community awareness.

“Sarawak is fortunate to have many rivers and similar programmes are being carried out by specialised agencies such as the LSS as well as agencies such as the Irrigation and Drainage Department and the Sarawak Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB).”

“Through the implementation of the integrated programme, God willing, the government’s noble efforts to create awareness among the community on the importance of river cleanliness will be effectively realised,” he said.

At the event, Safi witnessed the symbolic signing of the construction contract proposed by the Mukah Division Public Works Department to the contractor for the Jalan Sungai Pasing/Matu project.

He also presented MRP grants totalling RM57,000 to seven JKKK Sungai Pasin and PIBG SK Sungai Pasin.

Also present were Sarawak Chief Minister’s political secretary Romeo Christopher Teggong and SRB administrator Lieutenant Colonel Din Tiew Wong.

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