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Govt will act against river polluters: Masidi
Published on: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun assured that the government will take action on any river polluter provided a report has been submitted.

He said this after receiving a courtesy call by the steering committee for Penampang Bamboo Raft Festival led by District Officer Luvita Koisun, Tuesday.

The event will be held for 2 days on Sept 23 and 24 at Kg Terawi Jetty where the minister himself will officiate since the ministry also provided funds.

The event was inititated in 2012 by environmental NGOs in its effort to revive and protect the Moyog River against pollution.

In 2016 Luvita saw the potential of the event and declared it a district event with full support of NGOs and community leaders such as village chiefs and Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) while Masidi urged the district to turn the river into a tourism attraction.

However, certain irresponsible parties still continue to pollute the river, causing the water to be extremely muddy and dirty after rain.

During the meeting, Masidi also urged small towns and villages such as Kasigui which is rich historical background to be developed for tourism purposes. He said the country environment of Penampang has wide potential as it is very close to the capital city. Also present during the courtesy call was Vitalis Moduying, Deputy Director of State Department of Environment. - Oswald Supi

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