Published on: Saturday, October 05, 2013
Deputy Natural Resource and Environment Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit and Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, together with DOE Director-General Datuk Halimah Hassan, witnessed the simultaneous signing ceremony held at Palace Hotel.
The organisations in Sabah are Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd, Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd, Sime Darby Plantations (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, THS Plantations Management Sdn Bhd, Sabah Tea Sdn Bhd, Sabah Forest Industries Sdn Bhd, Unimekar Metals Sdn Bhd, Seguntor Bioenergy Sdn Bhd, The Palace Hotel, Ng Sian Hap Pottery Factory Sdn Bhd, NCT Forwarding & Shipping Sdn Bhd, Petrojadi Sdn Bhd, Legenda Bumimas Sdn Bhd, Tiong Cheong Bricks Sdn Bhd, Exorin Technologies Sdn Bhd, Kent Teacher's Training Institute, Tawau Teacher's Training Institute, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS), Persatuan Sungai Tagal-Tagal Sabah, Family Transmitting Communication (FT Comm), Glomus Ecology Sdn Bhd, and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) Sabah Regional Office.
Those in Labuan are Institut Latihan Perindustrian, Petronas Chemicals Methanol Sdn Bhd, Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd, Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Labuan Shipyard & Engineering Sdn Bhd and Billion Waterfront Hotel.
Sabah DOE was represented by its Director, Datin Hajah Hanili Ghazali, and Labuan DOE by its Director, Norina Ak Frederick Sambang.
The signed MoU serves as formal note of understanding and desire between Sabah and Labuan DOEs and the organisations involved to have a collaboration in implementing the said programme.
The memorandum is focused on two main objectives, namely, implementing and promoting environmental awareness activity/programme and implementing, encouraging and increasing the participation in Rakan Alam Sekitar.
It was also part of the government effort to boost its delivery system, but under a win-win situation, and a starting point for further smart and strategic partnership between the parties involved.
Dr Dawos, in his speech, hoped the MoU will stir a deep interest, continuous effort and high commitment among the private sector, non-governmental organisations and voluntary groups to respond to the Government's call for all to have a sense of great responsibility towards environmental conservation and preservation.
The responsibility to deal with environmental problems like pollution should not be left on the government shoulder alone but also needs participation from all walks of the community.
When asked later on the status of the MoU which is not legally binding and thus the organisations involved are not tied to any legal liability and that the public may hence perceive it lightly, Dr Dawos, Masidi and Halimah disagreed, saying each of the organisations concerned actually has been doing its respective environmental awareness activities and that the MoU signed is just to make these formal and their participation is voluntary.
They also believe the signed MoU would enable better monitoring and evaluation on all the environment awareness promotional activities while, at the same time, help the private companies involved, especially in marketing their respective products.
Halimah also agreed with a suggestion by Masidi that there would be an annual evaluation on what has been achieved under the signed MoU so as to gauge its true effectiveness.
Masidi, in his speech, proposed this to be carried out because "to me to sign an MoU is supposedly not just for pleasing ourselves."
"Apart from that I also hope each of the organisations concerned will report whatever activity that they do.
Signing an MoU is easy but what is also important is its implementation, we should be committed to do it Éand the most important is the result from the MoU," he said.
Asking the DOE to also enforce the environmental laws accordingly, Masidi also saluted all the parties involved in the signing.