SEMPORNA: Criticism about the poor state of cleanliness in Sabah’s major tourism areas has led to the launch of the Litter Free Sabah programme
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal who launched the programme here said district councils and residents must play a role in ensuring the cleanliness of these areas.
“Rubbish is everywhere, on land and at sea,” he said.
Shafie pointed out that Semporna drew thousands of visitors including foreigners annually especially because of its proximity to the diving haven of Sipadan.
He said it was important for those living there to stop throwing rubbish everywhere including in their own villages.
“I want Semporna to be known as a famous destination with many tourism attractions, not as a dirty district,” Shafie said, amid criticism on social media of the poor hygiene and cleanliness in the east coast town.
Semporna District Council would be restructured with cleanbeing among the key performance index to be monitored by its District Officer Blanus Kontong.
Shafie added the programme would be extended to other districts later.
He also said the state government would review the cleaning services in all district councils in Sabah.
A study would be carried out to see whether the contractors appointed by the previous government had delivered.
“We are in New Malaysia, services contracted out should be for the benefit of the people and not the interest of contractors or any political entity,” said Shafie.