Amendment will ensure environmental sustainability

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CARING for the environment is no longer an option as it must be done to ensure a suitable and safe environment for future generations.

Kennedy Chukpai Ugon (GPS-Murum) who spoke in support of the proposed Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2022, said nations around the world are united to identify methods and enact laws that would help preserve plants.

I am confident that this amendment will provide the rights to our state government to regulate and control the use of air space and land use for carbon storage in accordance with regulations made under Section 213.

“It also provides the state cabinet with the authority to make regulations relating to the use of air space above the land and other assets found in the above ground air space as well as the construction, maintenance, and occupation of any structure in the space that air and land use for carbon storage,” he said during debate time on the Bill on Wednesday (May 18).

He pointed out that the use of land in the state will be more sustainable and comprehensive thus environmental sustainability will be guaranteed which is in line with the state government’s intention to address the phenomenon of climate change in the Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030.

“This will ultimately benefit Sarawak and its people as a whole with the creation of new revenue streams to generate income for the state as well as create employment opportunities for the people,” he said.

At the same time, he called on all Sarawakians to unite regardless of politics, race, and religion to continue to support the sincere efforts of the state government particularly in safeguarding the rights of Sarawak and negotiations to restore the state’s eroded rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

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