CM: Environmental sustainability policy key to balanced devt
Posted on : 10 Nov 2021  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari waters a ‘belian’ sapling, planted by him. Seen behind him are Awang Tengah (second right) and Dr Rundi (third right).

BINTULU (Nov 10): There is need for a balanced development through the incorporation of the environmental sustainability policy, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has emphasised.

According to him, Sarawak has its own tree-planting policy and the technology for forest restoration.

Further, he regarded this as ‘our post Covid-19 strategy’, highlighting environmental sustainability as ‘an important area to develop’.

“For natural planting, now the seed balls can be dropped from drones, and this will be a new way of (forest) restoration.

“A balanced policy is a must for the state to develop its forest industry sustainably,” he said in officiating at the launch of the division-level ‘Le Tour De Restoration’ (Greening Sarawak Campaign) and the ‘drone seedlings’ project at Taman Medan Sentral here yesterday.

Moreover, he called upon the people to undertake the responsibility together by planting trees or flowers.

Adding on, Abang Johari also expressed his hope for Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) to identify another urban park for nature reserve, apart from Taman Medan Sentral.

Also present yesterday were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi; Assistant Minister of Native Laws and Customs Datuk John Sikie Tayai; Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh; Forest Department Sarawak director Datu Hamden Mohammad; Bintulu Resident Datu Jack Aman Luat; and BDA general manager Datu Muhammad Yakub Kari.