Gov’t, business hold cleanup drive

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SEVERAL government agencies and the private sector yesterday conducted a cleanup campaign to promote a clean and healthy environment.

The cleanup campaign was held in Jalan Gadong, Kg Menglait starting from Simpang 5 to Simpang 11. It was organised by the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Department in collaboration with the Brunei-Muara District Office, Public Works Department, the Department of Environment, Parks, and Recreation (JASTRe), Fire and Rescue Department, Department of Health Services, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), members of the Mukim and Village Consultative Councils of Kg Gadong B as well as business establishments.

The activity aims to ensure cleanliness in the city and to raise public awareness about the importance of good hygiene. The programme saw participating personnel take part in cleaning the drains, pavements, and parking areas.

In a press statement, the BSB Municipal Department said it will, along with other relevant government agencies, take stern action against any individuals, companies and building owners who do not comply with the law that requires them to keep the areas of their properties clean.

The department hopes that the cleaning campaign will raise the awareness of the public, including businesses, to make cleanliness a mutual responsibility, the statement added.

Speaking at the event, Pg Omarali Pg Mohd Yussof, head of town management unit at the BSB Municipal Department, said the cleaning campaign will be continued in other places in line with the department’s goal to keep Bandar Seri Begawan clean.

Pg Omarali said that the department will continue to call the attention of commercial buildings that do not maintain the cleanliness of their property.

Hj Mohdar Hj Ahmad, head of Kg Menglait and its vicinity, thanked those who joined the cleanup campaign and called on building owners to keep their properties clean based on the directives given by the Municipal Department.

“I hope there will be guidelines for cleanup campaign, including carrying out such activity once every two or three months,” said Hj Mohdar.

There are about 6,000 residents living in Kg Menglait area, he said.

Business representatives supported the activity, saying it helps raise people’s awareness on the importance of good hygiene.

“We fully support this cleaning campaign which is initiated by the government,” said Fho Agustina, supervisor at Ching Nam Hom Restaurant, adding that such campaign is essential to ensure good health.

Han Yei Siew, a representative from Jing Chew restaurant, hoped that more people would participate in future cleanup campaigns in support of the government’s effort to maintain a hygienic environment.

The Brunei Times