MCC asked to intensify existing river cleanliness programme

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) should intensify its existing river cleanliness programme, particularly river waste management.

Councillor Keith Chin voiced his concern about people who  were treating rivers as their dumping ground, during a full council meeting Friday.

Chin said the newly completed Miri Waterfront Beautification Project was the latest victim of litterbugs.

He added that irresponsible members of the public left their waste such as shells of sunflower seeds and empty drink cans at the waterfront, thus spoiling the image of the new recreational centre.

He strongly felt that MCC should have zero-tolerance for litterbugs and put up warning signages at the waterfront similar to Kuching Waterfront.

Chin also opined that a signage to remind people to love Miri rivers should be erected at strategic locations near Miri riverbank.

Miri Mayor Adam Yii agreed with Chin that proper ‘Do Not Litter’  signages should be put up at several public places.

He called upon the public, cleanliness and maintenance standing committee of MCC to place more garbage bins at the Miri Waterfront riverbank area.

Another councillor Robert Ayu proposed ‘gotong-royong’ (work party) to clean Miri river.

The mayor informed Robert that the Local Agenda 21 under MCC is in the process of preparing such mass work party, expected to be held by the end of next month.

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