Move to allow public feedback lauded

KOTA KINABALU: WWF-Malaysia has applauded the Sabah government for ensuring that the people’s voices are heard when it comes to development plans for the state.

This was made possible through a platform to garner feedback for the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) development plan on its website, the NGO said.

“This promotes inclusivity and a sense of shared ownership with the people of Sabah.

“In allowing the people to share their input on the development of their state, the government is allowing the people to be a part of the process and to empower citizens to be true stewards of the land.

“This is much welcome at a time when many people are truly concerned about their future wellbeing and want to have a say in matters that will ultimately affect them, ” said WWF-Malaysia’s conservation head in Sabah Dr Robecca Jumin in a statement yesterday.

The site allows citizens to leave suggestions anonymously on various areas of development in Sabah, including tourism, agriculture, infrastructure and sustainability.

Robecca urges members of the public to utilise the opportunity to address their concerns.

“For WWF-Malaysia’s part, we reiterate the call for a New Deal for Nature and People (NDNP) where nature is protected and restored for the benefit of both the planet and the people.

“The NDNP calls for no more loss of natural habitats, zero extinction of wildlife and halving the negative ecological impacts of production and consumption, ” she added.

Robecca said the group also submitted other key suggestions such as sustainable tourism that supported conservation and post-Covid-19 investment decisions in industries that should integrate climate considerations.

It also proposed implementing sustainable practices for agricultural activities confirmed through international certification standards and well-designated green infrastructure that was an enabler for sustainable development.

“WWF-Malaysia looks forward to continuing to assist the state government in achieving these realisable goals, ” Robecca added.

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