Tuesday, March 20, 2012

70pc of city rubbish thrown from autos

Kota Kinabalu: State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said 70pc of rubbish in the city comes from moving vehicles and it gets worse when certain fruits are in season.
The mentality of the public is to always blame it on illegal immigrants but Masidi said immigrants surely could not afford high-end vehicles, who are one of the biggest culprits of littering.
He said there is also a problem of floating rubbish on the city's shores, which locals put the blame on Gaya Island residents.
"I dispute the claims, because most of the rubbish that floats on the sea and lands on our shores are from our rivers," Masidi said during the Ministry of Higher Education's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Love and Care for the Environment Closing Ceremony at Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic Institute here, Thursday.
"Sabah is one of the most beautiful places to be, from an environment point of view, but we have a problem with littering which ruins our rivers and dirties the city," he said.
Masidi stressed that it is time for people to stop placing the blame on others and shoulder the burden.
"It is from our attitude be it at home, during our travels, in shops, everywhere, and it should come from our own initiative, but unfortunately we don't feel that we should be responsible," he said.
Masidi praised the polytechnic for setting an example with this cleanliness programme among the youth and students, who are able to influence the public to change their mindset in regards to the environment.
Also present were Polytechnic Studies Department Chief Director Major Haji Md Nor Yusof and Ministry of Higher Education's Deputy Secretary-General Datuk Haji Omar Abdul Rahman.


Green Sabah says: Littering is a practice that should be stopped, we cannot maintain a clean environment if our people does not cooperate in keeping Sabah clean, do your social responsibility by throwing the rubbish in the designated rubbish bins and not on the floor or the roads. Keep our seas clean by not tossing rubbish in it, what a shame it would be to see our beautiful seas dirtied by litter bugs.


drako drakonius said...

Litter is a very bad habit which the waste have been disposed of without consent. It is a human impact on the environment and is a serious environmental issue in many countries.

drako drakonius said...

Litter can exist in the environment for long periods of time before degrading and be transported large distances into the world's oceans. Litter can affect quality of life.

drako drakonius said...

The Kota Kinabalu City Hall spends about 13m ringgit ($4.2m) a year to keep the city and towns clean. Hajiji Noor, minister of local government and housing, says anti-litter campaigns through gotong royong (community self-help) have failed. Now he is using a new approach to shame and punish litterbugs by enlisting the public to catch each other for littering.

Anak Sabah said...

Memalukan saja, tidak pernah belajar sivik ketika di Sekolah??? Tanpa kerjasama daripada orang ramai untuk menjaga kebersihan bandaraya kita, adalah sukar untuk menjaga alam sekitar kita.

Anak Sabah said...

Syabas kepada Polytechnic untuk menjadi teladan yang baik kepada anak-anak murid mereka untuk mengubah mentaliti mereka terhadap penjagaan kebersihana. Semoga kesedaran akan dibangkitkan di kalangan orang ramai untuk melindungi alam sekitar kita.

sabaheco said...

I remember that the DBKK have this campaign which enable the netizen to report any act of throwing rubbish indiscriminately through sms...i wonder if the campaign is still on...

ferlo said...

menjaga kebersihan adalah tanggungjawab bersama.

Eli Ja said...

Clealiness is each and everyone responsibilities. Blaming others for the littering problem won't settle the problem. Change the mentality and make changes.

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