KUCHING: The Forest Department’s Le Tour De Restoration Greening Sarawak’s campaign has been described as timely.
Urban Development and Natural Resources Assistant Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh said it was in line with the Sarawak government’s emphasis on environmental sustainability.
“This event is very much in line with the state government’s desire to ‘greenify’ Sarawak and produce knowledgeable civil servants so that they can provide the best service to the people.
“The implementation of this forest landscape restoration programme is in line with the aspirations of the state government to develop the economy and maintain environmental sustainability,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday after officiating at the launch of the Sarikei level campaign.
Len expressed hope that with the campaign, Sarikei area will continue to be a destination for greening programme initiatives to support the beauty and sustainability of the environment.
The Kuala Rajang assemblyman said the programme was launched at the state-level by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg last month.
“The state government has allocated RM62 million to the Sarawak Forest Department to carry out restoration and tree planting programmes throughout the state of which this year alone, RM10 million has been channelled.
“The restoration programme was also held in Sri Aman, Sibu, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri and Lawas divisions to achieve the target of 50,000 saplings distributed,” he said.
Also present during the function were Forest Department director Datuk Hamden Mohammad, Sarikei Deputy Resident Abang Porkhan Abang Budiman and other dignitaries.