All parties, be it the government, private sector or all levels of society, are urged to tackle the issue of rubbish floating along Sungai Brunei, or collected under houses in Kampong Ayer and surrounding areas as well as those stranded at the river bank. Most of the rubbish are types of plastic that does not easily degrade, and this affects the beauty of Sungai Brunei amd Kampong Ayer if no action is taken to manage the problem starting now. Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs made the call at the Earth Day 2018 launching ceremony yesterday morning.
According to the Minister of Home Affairs, the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, JASTRe and the National Main Committee for Cleanliness namely the Ministry of Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health as the co-chairmen, has implemented an integration project to clean Sungai Brunei. The project has been implemented since the 10th of this month at two locations in Kampong Ayer, and has yield notable results. When the project is complete, it is hoped that the identified areas will be clean and remain clean. The Minister welcomed the initiative of JASTRe to expand the no plastic bag campaign at commercial areas. The Ministry of Home Affairs through the Municipal Board will also place rubbish bins specifically for plastic, metal and ordinary rubbish, apart from raising the public's awareness on how to recycle non-biodegradable plastic.
Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Doctor Awang Haji Mohammad Isham bin Jaafar, Minister of Health, underlined that cleanliness is everyone's responsibility to ensure that environment, either at public, residential or working areas, remains clean so that it does not lead to health problems and diseases such as malaria, dengue and cholera. The minister added that the people should make cleanliness as a habit that starts from home, and with solidarity from all parties, we can ensure that Brunei Darussalam becomes a clean country.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development stressed that the Ministry of Development through JASTRe has and is currently implementing cleaning up works for rubbish gathered under houses, schools and other institutions in Kampong Ayer and surrounding areas. According to the Minister of Development such an initiative should be extended to the public, and reminds members of the public not to dispose rubbish, especially plastic, into rivers in Brunei. This is because plastic cannot easily degrade, and the ministry calls for cooperation from other ministries and the public to clean up Kampong Ayer and Sungai Brunei. At the moment, the ministry has a proper contractor to clean Sungai Brunei and it is hoped that residents in Kampong Ayer can take part in the effort to keep their villages' environment clean.
Source: Radio Television Brunei