SEMBORN: The Sabah government paid serious attention to the cleanliness level in all provinces of the state with the launch of Sabah Free Sabah yesterday.
Appointed by Head of State Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Semporna was chosen as a pioneer region for the implementation of the program due to Mohd Shafie's dissatisfaction with the level of cleanliness in the area.
"We can see garbage everywhere, either on land or at sea, and it is the responsibility of the local population to deal with the level of cleanliness in the area," he said in his speech.
"As a blessed area with beautiful nature and sea tourism attractions, Semporna communities have to play their part in stopping throwing garbage everywhere, including their villages.
"I want Semporna to be known as a famous destination with many tourist attractions and not as a dirty area," he said, adding that the program would be extended to other areas to ensure that the level of cleanliness would not have a negative impact on the tourism sector .
He also called for the restructuring of the Semporna Board and the cleanliness of its key performance indicator, which would be monitored by local officer Blanus Kontong.
In a relative development, Mohd Shafie Apdal wanted to revise contractors responsible for cleaning services at all regional councils of the state.
The study had to be carried out to see if the contractors appointed by a previous government did their job as defined in the agreement, he said.
He said in New Malaysia, services were created not in the interests of contractors or any political entity, but to protect the well-being of people.
"It is time to make some changes, among other things, to provide the best in health services and education," he told reporters after visiting the Semporna hospital yesterday.
He admitted that the state government knew that hospital facilities such as medicines needed urgent attention.
For example, he said that the Semporna hospital was not only experiencing a lack of expertise and medication, but also in terms of equipment.
"This is one of the reasons why we are creating the State Department of Health and Peaceful Prosperity to focus on health care for rural areas and the poor to get proper attention from the government," he said.
Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie said the restructuring of the Sabah Water Department (JANS) had a positive effect on revenue collection.
Within two months of the move, including the appointment of a new director, the department had raised $ 72 million in revenue, he said, adding that revenue growth would ensure improved water supply. – Bernhama