KOTA KINABALU: City Hall is working towards getting villagers at water settlement on Pulau Gaya near the state capital to clean up their act and not dump waste into the sea.
Together with a number of firm and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, City Hall is providing bins at the stilt villages for the collection of paper and plastic products for recycling.
Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai (pic) said the under Kasih Sayang project, City Hall would also be focusing on Kampung Lok Urai that was said to be among the dirtiest of the settlements on the island.
He said apart from the recycling centre, the project would also involve the construction of a surau and an educational centre nearby.
Yeo said the educational centre would provide basic education such as reading, writing and arithmetic as well as Bahasa Melayu to children of the village.
He said there were an estimated 600 children at the village and only a fraction of them attend regular classes.
The basic education is free for them and the earlier we start to teach them, the better it is as they would be able to absorb good values, Yeo said after a beach clean up along Tanjung Lipat at Likas near here.
He said villagers living along rivers and in coastal areas should not treat the waterways as dumpsites.
Yeo said while it was easy to dump trash into rivers and the sea, these would harm the environment.
Keeping the environment clean should not be left to City Hall and any local authority but has to be with the involvement of the community as well, he added.