Positive, impactful projects preferred

Wee speaks during the virtual press conference.

KUCHING: Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng hopes that Kuching South City Council (MBKS) will be able to focus on initiatives based on other sustainable development goals (SDGs) apart from those they have advanced so far.

“They can be small and manageable SDG initiatives and not necessarily big projects; as long as they can create positive and city-wide impact on social, environmental, health, and economic development,” he said.

He said MBKS recently won an award under JCI Malaysia (JCIM) Sustainable Development Award (SDA) 2020 for its SDG project, the iPeople-Qmunity app, related to SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).

“It is a hassle-free application designed to submit requests for council services and also for Covid-19 tracing tools,” he said during the 2021 JCIM SDA virtual press conference held via Facebook Live on Wednesday (May 5).

As for the SDG project on MBKS’ Mayor’s Walk under SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing), he said the council was among the finalists.

“The Mayor’s Walk is an initiative to gather people from all walks of life to have a brisk morning walk while picking up trash on the street. It was well-received for three consecutive years and hopefully we will continue with it soon when the pandemic is over,” he said.

At the same time, he urged business owners, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and other organisations, especially those in Kuching, to participate in JCIM SDA so they would be able to make an impact on the development of Kuching.

“The JCIM SDA is an unprecedented award in Malaysia granted to initiatives or projects carried out successfully by the private sector, public sector, and non-profit organisations that advance any of the United Nations (UN) SDGs,” said Wee.

He noted that globally, societies were looking at ways to balance various priorities in order to create sustainable solutions for their communities.

“This global framework comprises 17 SDGs and provides an action plan to bring countries and stakeholders together to resolve our global development challenges,” he said.

Meanwhile, 2021 JCIM SDA organising chairman Nicholas Beh said the judges for JCIM SDA would evaluate submissions based on the impact created for the particular SDG.

He said registered Malaysian companies, local councils, NGOs, or government agencies were eligible to enter submissions and be nominated for the award.

Private companies are to pay RM1,000 per nomination while NGOs, associations, and government agencies are to pay RM500 per nomination.

“To make a submission, visit https://sda.jcimalaysia.cc/ or you can contact our nomination team. You may also follow JCIM SDA’s Facebook page,” he said.