| Izah Azahari |
A CLEANING campaign was conducted cohesively in the area of Pekan Tutong recently as part of an extension to the programmes and activities implemented by the task force committee to improve the cleanliness of beaches in Brunei Darussalam, rivers, stalls and markets as well as public toilets, including proposed projects specifically for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Present to review the cleaning campaign work was Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, Tutong District Officer, along with the Mukim Penghulus and heads of government branches in the Tutong District.
During the review, the Tutong District Officer reminded the counterparts of the cleaning campaign to always make sure the work done is faultless and fulfils the agreement that was agreed upon.
The campaign was one of the initiatives to raise public awareness to always be concerned and responsible in keeping the surrounding areas clean in supporting the efforts of the Tutong District Office in turning Tutong District into a destination district that is beautiful, clean and often visited by the public.
The campaign involved owners and staff of business premises in the Pekan Tutong in hopes that they will change their ways and always be aware in keeping the premises clean as well as to obey the rules imposed by the government.
The cleaning campaign programme was started on December 8 by Awang Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali as well as the task force committee at the Main Complex Hall of the Tutong Community Hall involving community leaders, government agencies, owners and company managers, Village Consultative Council members, associations, non-government organisations and volunteers, specifically for the purpose of enhancing the public’s understanding and awareness in the district in connection to the importance of cleanliness which is one of the national agendas.
Also explained was the Minor Offences Act Chapter 30 that stated offences related to the disposing of rubbish in public places in which enforcement agencies authorised by the Minister of Home Affairs will be able to impose a compound that does not exceed $500 on any individual or body.
The next offence under this act could land one in court and if found guilty could be fined as much as $1,000 and for a second or subsequent offence to a fine of $3,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.
The cleaning campaign programme was continued with a three-day cleaning works from December 9 to December 11 in the Mukim Pekan Tutong area’s administration centre as well as public areas, especially Tutong District’s government agency buildings and the Tutong Community Hall’s Field Complex among other places.
The cleaning campaign was held in Pekan Tutong to take into account its position as the heart of administration in the district and to create an opening for programmes that will be planned continuously in all the eight Mukims in the district all throughout 2015 that will cover the whole town, national housing, commercial and rural areas.