Energy, Water and Green Technology Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili said environmental issues and energy sustainability must be inculcated in the minds at a very early stage so that it will be part of their culture.
"Learning to save energy for sustainability not only saves money but also protects the environment for future generations.
"Hence, this must be taught to our youths, particularly school children, so that when they reach adulthood, they become caring consumers not only in saving energy but also safeguarding nature for sustainability," he said.
Maximus said this in his speech when officiating at the closing ceremony of the "English In Camp" programme, organised by Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) and Open University Malaysia (OUM) with the cooperation from the Sabah Education Department, at the Likas Sports Complex, here, Sunday. His speech was read by the ministry's political secretary, Datuk Daniel Kinsik.
About 150 students from 30 schools took part in the three-day programme. The participating schools were from Kudat, Beaufort, Kota Marudu, Papar, Tuaran, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Pitas and Kota Belud.
The activity was one of SESB's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes to help the local communities and educate the students on the importance of electricity through exposing them on how to use and conserve energy wisely.
Maximus said the "English In Camp" programme was a very strategic approach to integrate SESB's CSR mission and brand identity, which is promoting energy saving and energy efficiency within Sabah and Labuan.
He hoped the programme with its theme "Energise Your English For A Brighter Future" will help achieve the mission for the young generations to have a better competitive edge and be responsible and successful players in this globalised world.
Also present were SESB General Manager for corporate services, Wan Maria Othman Lee and OUM Associate Professor Zulkiflil Yaacob.