Everyone’s duty to keep rivers clean
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MEMBERS of the public should instil the habit of preserving the beauty of the Brunei rivers and its surrounding environment because of its unique attraction and potential source of income to fishermen. With this in mind, the public must
not discard rubbish into the rivers.
Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer, Md Sunadi Hj Buntar said this during a cleaning campaign yesterday at two locations in Bandar: the area around Masjid Al-Muhtadee Billah Kg Tamoi and the parking lot at Kg Ujung Bukit.
The cleaning campaign was jointly organised by the department, Village Consultative Councils and government agencies with village volunteers participating.
Government officials and volunteers from seven villages worked together in the cleaning campaign as an eye-opener to the rest of the residents to ensure the areas are free from rubbish.
Some of the volunteers were from Kg Pg Bendahara Lama, Kg Pg Tajuddin Hitam, Kg Pg Kerma Indera Lama, Kg Tamoi Tengah, Kg Tamoi Ujung, Kg Ujung Bukit and Kg Limbungan.
“The rubbish that we see here is that which has been thrown into rivers by irresponsible persons. The rubbish floats and when it is low tide, it accumulates on the banks of the river,” said Sunadi.
“So, people who live on river banks as well as others should not throw rubbish into the rivers.”
Sunadi explained that the rivers are sources of income for fishermen, adding that polluting the rivers would mar the beauty of Brunei’s water villages and rivers.
He went on to say that the government has provided free domestic waste collection services for residents at the water villages.
To date, the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRE) collects waste from house to house at the water villages for free to ensure that rubbish would not be thrown into the river, said the Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer.
As early as 7am, employees of the Brunei-Muara District Office led an army of nature lovers to the designated locations to spread public awareness about the importance of preserving the beauty of water villages and rivers in the Sultanate.
The department has stated that a $500 compound or fine under the Minor Offences Act Chapter 30 could be imposed for littering.
The Brunei Times