KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will set up specific zones along rivers for sand dredging in efforts to overcome illegal and haphazard dredging activities, said Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran.
The Land and Survey Department will be proposing specific areas along rivers for the purpose of sand mining.
“Any application for temporary occupation lease for sand mining will only be permitted at the designated areas,” he told the state assembly yesterday.
Nasir said a special committee was expected to meet on Aug 12 to decide on the areas to be zoned.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, in responding to problems of river pollution, urged the public not to treat rivers as rubbish dumps.
He called on elected assemblymen to educate the public to love the rivers, citing the rubbish strewn in Sungai Petagas here as an example of the lack of civic consciousness.
Asked about dead fish appearing in Sungai Segaliud, where a new water intake point was scheduled to be commissioned soon, Masidi said the cause was not necessarily due to pollution from oil palm mills.
“We have to investigate to determine what caused the death,” he added.