S'wak To Improve Management Of Water Catchment Areas, Improve Water Quality

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PETRA JAYA: Sarawak will improve its management of water catchment areas to ensure the quality water supplied to the people in the interiors.

Chief Minister Datuk Abang Amar Johari Abang Openg said he has directed the Rural Water Supply Department to look into the issue and carry out works to improve the management of water catchment areas in the state.

“I have read the report (Auditor General’s Report 2016) and I will direct the department and other authorities concern to look into the matter,” he told the reporters after the launch of Kuching city’s 29th anniversary celebration at Stadium Perpaduan here today.

The report had stated that 18 rivers in Sarawak, which were the source of public water supply, are semi-polluted and submitted a recommendation to gazette the identified catchment areas to avoid any illegal activities in the areas.

“I will further study the report on other areas and issues that need to be addressed,” he said.

Earlier, Abang Johari also said Kuching aims to cut down on pollution in the future by using electric public transport.

“Kuching is well known for its cleanliness and unity.

“But, we wanted to do more for the city. Hence, we are looking into ways to introduce electric-powered public transport as to improve the air quality,” he said.

“We need to tap into the benefit of technology in order to protect our environment,” he added.

The state government, he said, would also upgrade all recreational parks for the benefit of the younger generation.

“We plan to transform the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex into an art and craft exhibition centre, creating a platform for the multiracial society to display their unique handicrafts.

“We also plan to build a bridge connecting the old DUN building to the current DUN complex and the Kuching Waterfront,” he added.

At the same event, Abang Johari also launched the ‘DBKU Metropolitan Free Wifi’ where wi-fi services will be available for city folks and tourists visiting the Padang Mederka and Kuching Waterfront.

The event featured traditional dances performed by artists as well as cat mascots, which many took the opportunity to grab a picture with.

More than 1,000 of city folks included schoolchildren had joined the celebration.

Sarawak, quality, water supply, water catchment, interior, Chief Minister, Abang Amar Johari Abang Openg, Stadium Perpaduan, Kuching

- NST