DBKU to celebrate Earth Hour 2016

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
danielleringgit@theborneopost.com
@danitbpseeds

Abdul Wahp (middle) during the press conference at Godown Amphitheater, Kuching Waterfront along with WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak) Program Leader Jason Hon (far left) and representative from ZHA Environmental Sdn Bhd, Bernard Yong (far right)

Abdul Wahap (middle) during the press conference at Godown Amphitheater, Kuching Waterfront along with WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak) programme leader Jason Hon (far left) and representative from ZHA Environmental Sdn Bhd, Bernard Yong (far right) holding hashtags to commemorate this year’s Earth Hour.

The Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) is set to hold the Earth Hour 2016 programme on March 19th starting from 6.30am till 10.30 pm at Square Tower, Kuching Waterfront.

Speaking during a press conference at the Godown Amphitheater along the Kuching Waterfront on March 16th, DBKU Mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai said that the main purpose of the event which will see non-essential lights and electrical appliances being turned off will start from 8.30 pm until 9.30pm, was to raise awareness on global warming and urged Kuching citizens to join in.

In conjunction with the event, there will be a line of exciting activities including zumba, an exhibition expo, busking, a recycling competition and several activities during the night which includes Earth Hour Colourful Night Ride, Earth Hour Illuminated Walk and a mini concert.

“DBKU has organised this programme with the aim to raise awareness to the citizens of Kuching regarding the environment,” said Abdul Wahap.

An annual event celebrated around the world, DBKU is organising this weekend’s programme in collaboration with Sarawak Energy Berhad(SEB), WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak) and the Kuching Waterfront Management.

This year’s programme will also be participated by Weida (M) Bhd and ZHA Environment Sdn Bhd.

In an effort to improve environmental consciousness, DBKU is making another pledge to intensify recycling efforts whereby Weida (M) Bhd has agreed to donate waste sorting bins at 10 selected schools which include SMK St Joseph, SMK St Thomas, SMK St Mary, SMK St Teresa, and MRSM among others with the hope to spread the message and awareness of the importance of recycling among the citizens.

Another pledge DBKU made was to send unused tyres from DBKU’s fleet of vehicles to be recycled and converted into useful products such as rubber mats and tiles with the help of ZHA Environmental Sdn Bhd, a licensed tyre collector.

Last year, DBKU had made two pledges: for each tree cut down, three more trees would be planted and to eradicate the use of polystyrene packaging.

Samariang assemblywoman Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali will also be present during the officiating ceremony this Saturday.

Abdul Wahap also mentioned that DBKU had been receiving a lot of complaints regarding dirty roads especially in the DBKU area caused by massive spillage of soil, sand and cement from heavy vehicles such as lorry or concrete mixers owned by construction companies in the city.

“I am urging that if you do see this irresponsible act on the road, you may contact DBKU at 082-446644 or Whatsapp at 016-8864466 and send photos to us,” said Abdul Wahap adding that the massive spillage could cause traffic jams and be dangerous for drivers on the road.

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