SEMPORNA: The Sabah government has given serious attention to the levels of the Litter-Free Sabah program yesterday.
Officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Semporna was selected as the pioneer district to implement the program due to Mohd Shafie's dissatisfaction with the district's level of cleanliness.
"At the moment, we can see rubbish everywhere, either on land or in the sea, and it's the responsibility of the local population to address the level of cleanliness in the district," he said in his speech.
"As a district blessed with beautiful nature and marine tourism attractions, the communities in Semporna must play a place to stop rubbish everywhere including in their own villages.
"I want the city to become a dirty district," he said, adding that the program would be extended to ensure that the cleanliness level was not negative on the tourism sector. .
He also wanted the Semporna district council to be restructured and to put its cleanliness on its key performance index that would be monitored by the district officer Blanus Kontong.
In a related development, Mohd Shafie Apdal wanted the contractors in charge of cleaning services in the district councils in the state to be reviewed.
The study needed to be carried out to see the contractors appointed by previous government delivered jobs as stipulated in the agreement, he said.
New Malaysia, services, rather than political entities, rather they were to safeguard the people wellbeing.
"It's about time for us to make some changes, including providing the best in health services and education," he said to reporters after visiting Semporna Hospital yesterday.
He acknowledged that the state government was aware that hospitals would need urgent attention.
For example, he said, Semporna Hospital was not only experiencing shortage in medicine and medicine but also in terms of equipment.
"This is one of the reasons why we create the Health and People's Wellbeing Ministry to focus on the health of the rural areas and the poor so that they will receive due attention from the government," he said.
Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie said the restructuring of the Sabah Water Department (JANS) had brought positive results in terms of revenue collection.
Within two months after the move, including the appointment of a new director, the department collected RM72 million in revenue, he said, adding that the increase in revenue would ensure that the water supply could be improved as well. – Named