Earth Day is celebrated on every 22nd of April throughout the world as a show of appreciation towards the planet, instil a sense of responsibility and raise awareness among the public to protect the Earth and the environment. Yesterday, Brunei Darussalam also joined the global community in celebrating Earth Day, by implementing a number of environmental awareness programme to raise environmental awareness among the people. This was stated by the Acting Permanent Secretary for Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Development at the Earth Day 2018 launching ceremony yesterday morning.
According to Dayang Doctor Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, Sungai Brunei and a number of attractive and historical locations in the country such as Istana Nurul Iman, Kampong Ayer, Royal Wharf, and the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge are not only mere sites for water transportation, the locations also have its own history and significant role in improving the country's socio-economy. In this matter, an important aspect that we must be concerned together is the aspect of cleanliness at Sungai Brunei. She added that rubbish that floats along the river, or gathered under the houses in Kampong Ayer, or stranded at the river bank, is against the image that the country wants to portray to the tourist and overseas. Therefore, the government has spent millions of dollars, and took several initiatives as well as actions to tackle the problem. The Ministry of Development, through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, JASTRe has implemented cleaning up work for rubbish collected under houses, schools and other institutions in Kampong Ayer and surrounding areas, including those stranded at the river bank.
In attendance were Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Doctor Awang Haji Md Isham bin Jaafar, Minister of Health; and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development. Also present were His Excellency Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, and Her Excellency Caterina Ventura, the High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam.
The event continued with a demonstration where people used plastic bottles for vertical farming as introduced by the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood, as well as an exhibition on the Sungai Brunei and Kampong Ayer clean-up project that is being actively carried out. This was followed by a cleaning campaign at a number of zones starting at Sungai Kedayan, and along the Royal Wharf until the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge.
Source: Radio Television Brunei