Sunday, October 2, 2011

‘Environment preservation must be shouldered by all parties’

OFFICIATING: Zaiedy hitting the gong to officiate at the programme as Ismail (second left), Ananthan (right) and others look on.

BINTULU: Environment preservation and conservation must be equally shouldered by all parties from the authorities to the local communities.

It is the responsibility that cannot be taken solely by just one or several groups but the whole community has to play its role in contributing to a sustainable and healthy environment.

This call was made by political secretary to Bintulu MP Zaiedy Nor Abu Nasir when officiating at the ‘Program Rakan Alam Sekitar (RAS) & Program Flagship Sekolah Bestari Anugerah Alam Sekitar P.217 Bintulu Parliament’ on behalf of Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing at SMK Bintulu yesterday.

According to him, the community while depending on related agencies or authorities for environment protection must shoulder the obligation to be involved. 

“So I urge schools or educational institutions to come up with working papers or resolutions on how to further improve the quality of environment in our area,” adding useful ideas may be adopted or applied by local authorities. 

He pointed out that even though several areas in Bintulu have enforcement in place, pollution still occurred and that is why a holistic approach must be implemented and there was a need for the generation of more ideas.

“I urge those concerned to go to the ground and see for yourself how much we need to work together to preserve and conserve our environment,” Zaiedy added. 

Among the activities held during the programme were a colouring contest for primary school, environmental quiz, exhibition for recycled items and e-waste, environmental management seminar by officers from Department of Environment Sarawak, Natural Resources and Environment Board and Sarawak Rivers Board.
Nur Husnina Asyura Mezalan from SMK Kidurong emerged champion in the environmental quiz. Second and third places went to Adriana Leja Jenang of SMK Bintulu and Myriane Priscila Tubai of SMK Kidurong respectively.

Michael Alkinson Jites came in fourth and fifth place was grabbed by Abigail Ruram Elvis, both from SMK Kidurong.

In the colouring contest, first and second places went to Nur Aisyah Zaidi  and Aina Farida Abd Rhani from SK Jepak respectively.

Third to fifth places went to Riney Egoh of SK Sebauh, Christie Andharea also from SK Sebauh and Nazratul Nazura Rahim of SK Jepak.

Also present at the event were Department of Environment state director Ismail Ithnin, SMK Bintulu principal Ananthan Subramaniam and other heads of government department.

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