Promote cleanliness, DCM urges NGOs
Published on: Sunday, May 26, 2019
By: Jo Ann Mool

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew urged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help create awareness to keep the State clean and green.

Liew, who is also State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, said NGOs could work together with the Government in promoting cleanliness.

She said this at the launching of the Rotary Club’s fourth book entitled “Beautiful People of Sabah” at the State Library Tanjung Aru branch on Saturday.

“This is a wonderful occasion for me because the Rotary Club has successfully launched their fourth book which reflects Sabah’s culture and its people,” said Liew.

She said the book was part of the Rotary’s programme in assisting the State Government to keep the environment clean.

“The beautiful people of Sabah are the most valuable asset to environmental protection and every one of us is responsible for preserving it the way we received it.

“Human factor is the single most important factor of all in environmental protection. Nature can live without people, but people cannot live without nature,” she said.

Liew said that throughout the 18 years in complementing the State Government’s efforts in environmental protection, the Rotary Club had published four books.

“Sabah’s beautiful sceneries continue to attract many foreign tourists and I hope Sabah people will value our gifted environment and protect it. A clean and healthy environment is always preferred by all civilisations. 

“To attract more tourists, it is important for everyone to keep Sabah clean and green simply by not littering.

“Preserving our rivers, beaches, mountains, seas, flora and fauna and other heritage is everyone’s responsibility as these are the most important tourism treasures,” she said.

“A picture speaks a thousand words. With the booming tourism industry in Sabah, this book can help promote our culture to the world,” she said on the fourth book with 108 pages which contains photos of multi-racial ethnics in the State.

On another note, Liew said Sabah has received 1.3 million tourists in the first quarter of the year.

The club’s other three books were “The Beautiful River of Sabah” in 2005, “The Beautiful Beaches of Sabah” (2007) and “The Beautiful Mountain of Sabah” (2010).

Meanwhile, Organising Chairman Hiew Chee Wah said the club, since 2003, has been helping the State Government to keep the Sabah clean and green.

“Our aim is to bring awareness in preserving our heritage in Sabah and keeping Sabah clean and green.

“We hope to re-engineer the youth to understand environmental issues. To date, we have reached over 15,000 students in various schools and villages plus 5,000 members of the public,” added Hiew.


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