KUCHING: It is the collective responsibility of the community to preserve rivers in Sarawak, ensuring that they are free from pollution.
Igan MP Ahmad Johnie Zawawi said the community should be aware that each individual plays an important role in ensuring the sustainability of water resources.
“Water resources that are not managed properly will have a long-term impact. When the care of the river is neglected, it not only makes it difficult to provide water supply to the people, but also affects their health,” he said.
He said this during his speech when officiating at the Mukah level International Water Day celebration at Kampung Pangtray, Daro on Saturday.
Ahmad Johnie said International Water Day is an annual event organised by the United Nations (UN) since 1993.
He said it aimed to raise awareness of the people to address water-related issues through strategic plans and implementation by every country around the world.
“This year, the Ministry of Environment and Water together with the Department of Irrigation and Drainage have organised the celebration nationwide on March 27.
“The Sarawak government in collaboration with the Sarawak Irrigation and Drainage Department responded by implementing a gotong-royong (communal mutual assist) programme to clean rivers in all parts of the state simultaneously.
“I am proud that the Daro district has been chosen as the gotong-royong location for the Mukah division level,” he added.
He said with this, the Daro community, especially the residents of Kampung Pangtray, have the opportunity to celebrate the event simultaneously throughout Malaysia.
Also present were Mukah Resident’s representative Dayang Ameerah Awg Osman; Daro district officer Bujang Rahman Seli; Mukah Irrigation and Drainage Department divisional engineer Faizal Suki and other dignitaries.