Plans for environmental sustainability policy

Tan planting a Balau tree to mark the opening of the Balau community centre in Taman Rinting.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government will come out with an environmental sustainability policy to ensure future development projects taking place here will safeguard safety and security of the people.

Johor local government, urban wellbeing and environment committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said the Federal and state governments as well as and local authority (PBT) will continue to work together for sustainable development.

“We are continuously monitoring the situations in Johor through our agencies like the Department of Environment so that pollution incidents like at Sungai Kim Kim in March and Taman Mawar in June will not reoccur.

“We have to make sure that policies or developments go through detailed inspections before being approved to make sure there is no harm to the environment, ” said Tan after opening the Balau community centre in Taman Rinting here.

He assured the public that the government would always keep the public informed of any new policy or development that it planned to carry out.

Tan said this was in line with the Federal Government’s National Cleanliness Policy (NCP) that aimed to create a clean and comfortable environment to live in.

On the Balau community centre, he said it was built through the strategic partnership between Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

“The landscaping on the 0.08ha of land was carried out by the students from UTM while the cost of development totalling RM170,000 was borne by MPPG.

“This is one of two community projects that UTM and MPPG agreed to build together.

The other is Flora Height Community Centre, which is expected to be completed soon, ” he said.

Tan said MPPG has also introduced four community gardens at Taman Flora Height, Balau Taman Rinting, Taman Cendana and Taman Air Biru as a way to promote green development.

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