| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
A MAJOR clean-up effort in several areas of Brunei’s capital was successfully held yesterday.
The programme, organised by the BSB Municipal Board in collaboration with the Brunei-Muara District Office, was also held to mark the 44th anniversary of the renaming of Brunei Town to Bandar Seri Begawan.
The campaign was jointly launched by Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi bin Hj Md Yussof, the Acting Minister of Home Affairs; Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yusoff bin Hj Ismail, the Deputy Minister of Education; and Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom bin Pg Hj Bahar, the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, in their capacity as the Co-chairmen of the Main Committee of Hygiene Issues (Jawatankuasa Induk Isu-Isu Kebersihan).
The official launching ceremony, which took place at the Tugu Cendera Kenangan of Taman Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifud-dien, opened with a recitation of Surah al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Awg Hj Azril Alim bin Hj Zaini, an officer from the Mosque Affairs Department of Kampong Pintu Malim.
There were also welcoming remarks from Awg Hj Mansor bin Hj Mohammad Yassin, the BSB Municipal Board’s Acting Chairman.
Right after the launch, participants began the half-day cleaning campaign.
Among the participants were senior officials, officers and staff members of the BSB Municipal Board and Brunei-Muara District Office, penghulus, village heads, members of non-government associations (NGOs), students and Takmir mosque com-mittee members as well as other volunteers.
The Co-chairmen of the Main Commit-tee of the Hygiene Issues inspected various places around the capital alleged to have been utilised as dumping sites, including the vicinities of Kg Ayer, the Royal Wharf BSB, Tamu Selera, Kiulap and Menglait.
Garbage heaps were seen loaded onto trucks during the campaign, for which both the BSB Municipal Board and the Brunei-Muara District Office acted as promoters, facilitators and monitors, as well as providers of the logistic support required.
The programme’s objectives were to support the committee’s efforts, to raise awareness and to guide the public, particularly the capital’s residents, to take responsibility in maintaining the beauty and cleanliness around town so as to reflect healthy lifestyle practices.