Ministry, NREB to jointly enforce clean water policies

Dato Sri Dr. Stephen Rundi Utom accompanied by his Assistant Minister for Electricity and Telecommunication, Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi handing over the Excellent Staff Award to a recipient. Photo: Yusuf Shukri
Dato Sri Dr. Stephen Rundi Utom accompanied by his Assistant Minister for Electricity and Telecommunication, Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi handing over the Excellent Staff Award to a recipient. Photo: Yusuf Shukri

KUCHING: The Ministry of Utilities will be working together with the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) to enforce policies in gazetted waters throughout the state.

58 areas have been identified by the Ministry of Utilities to ensure that the water is safe and clean for consumption.

Its minister, Dato’ Sri Dr. Stephen Rundi Utom said that the areas could be gazetted but enforcement should also come hand in hand.

According to the National Audit Report, 18 rivers in Sarawak appeared to have been identified as polluted.

“We have met NREB and sat down to discuss the things that should be covered when enforcement is set in the future.

“For example in Bintulu, we want both the Land and Survey and NREB to ensure that no agriculture or farming activities should be allowed at prohibited areas.

“However, I have seen it myself. Therefore we hope that these agencies involved as well as the members of the public who acknowledge these phenomena to submit it to us so that we can take action,” said Rundi.

This statement was made when he spoke to reporters after officiating at launch of new logo for  his ministry held at PELITA Tower, yesterday.

The new logo now sports four colours– blue, red, green and yellow – as opposed to the previous logo.

Blue symbolises the water element which also reflects the optimistic culture in the ministry in determining its policies while the three red lines symbolises the high level of integrity of the staff in fulfilling their duties.

Next is the green-coloured thunder symbol, that reflects electricity and the dynamic of the ministry’s administration in determining the direction of its development in order to achieve its goals.

Last but not least, the  yellow colour symbolises the gas element which is in line with the ministry’s responsibility in implementing the current government’s agenda in transforming the state’s economy into world class.

After the official launch, Rundi presented the award for the winner of the new logo design of the Ministry of Utility, Marvin Hasan and also to Hajiman Madli who is the winner for designing the ministry’s new corporate shirt.

He also handed over eight awards to eight other officials who have shown excellent performance in their work for the year 2016.

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