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Litter-Free Sabah programme launched
Published on: Monday, November 12, 2018
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Semporna: The Sabah Government has given serious attention to the level of cleanliness in all districts in the State with the launch of the Litter-Free Sabah programme on Sunday.Officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal here, Semporna was selected as pioneer district to implement the programme due to Mohd Shafie's dissatisfaction with the district's level of cleanliness.

"At the moment, we can see rubbish everywhere, either on land or in the sea, and it's the responsibility of the local population to address the cleanliness level in the district," he said in his speech.

"As a district blessed with beautiful nature and marine tourism attraction, the communities in Semporna must play an important role to stop throwing rubbish everywhere including in their own villages.

"I want Semporna to be known as a famous destination with many tourism attractions and not as dirty district," he said, adding that the programme would be extended to other districts to ensure the cleanliness level did not pose negative effects on tourism sector.

He also wanted the Semporna District Council to be restructured and to put cleanliness as its key performance index that would be monitored by District Officer Blanus Kontong.

In a related development, Mohd Shafie Apdal wanted the contractors in charge of cleaning services in all district councils in the State to be reviewed.

"The study needs to be carried out to see whether the contractors that were appointed by the previous government delivered their jobs as stipulated in the agreement," he said.

He said in a New Malaysia, services were created not for the interest of contractors or any political entity, instead they were to safeguard the people's wellbeing.

"It's about time for us to make some changes, including to provide the best in health services and education," he said this to reporters after visiting the Semporna Hospital Sunday.

He admitted that the State Government was aware that hospital's facilities such as medicines need urgent attention.

For example, he said, the Semporna Hospital was not only experiencing shortage in expertise and medicines but also in terms of equipment.

"This is one of the reasons why we create the State Health and People's Wellbeing Ministry to focus on the healthcare of the rural areas and the poor so that they will receive due attention from the Government," he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie said the restructuring of the Sabah Water Department (JANS) had brought positive results in terms of revenue collection.

Within two months after the move, including the appointment of a new director, the department had collected RM72 million in revenue, he said, adding that with the increase in revenue then it would ensure that the water supply to be improved as well.



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