| Wani Roslan |
THE Municipal Board through its Enforcement Unit has issued compounds relating to lack of hygiene in which 54 cases with a total compound of $11,200 were recorded in 2010, 80 cases with a total compound of $15,000 were recorded in 2011, while 2012 saw this number increase to 138 cases with a total compound of $24,800. It dropped in 2013 to 99 cases with a total compound of $23,000. This year, so far 88 cases have been recorded with a total compound of $17,800.
This was highlighted by Acting Chairman of the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board, Haji Mansor bin Haji Mohammad Yassin, in his capacity as the co-chairman of the Bandar Seri Begawan Major Clean-Up Campaign which was held at Tugu Cendera Kenangan in conjunction with the commemoration of the 44th anniversary of renaming Brunei Darussalam’s capital from Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan.
He also highlighted the need to support the Main Committee of Hygienic Issues and that a series of cleaning activities will be conducted weekly at commercial and private buildings, as well as villages.
“This is to unite and gain support to promote cleanliness among the citizens of Brunei Darussalam to ensure our country is clean and beautiful. Cleanliness is important in our lives. Issues with rubbish continue to be a major problem and contribute to an unpleasant environment that can lead to the breeding of pests such as flies and rats which carry harmful diseases.”
He also mentioned that implementing hygienic practices should be encouraged among young children. He discussed various hygiene-related offences in public places that can lead to a fine or compound for those breaching the law.
Haji Mansor also said that from January 2013 to July 2014, the department had issued a notice of statement to the owners of 201 abandoned cars through the Government Gazette. The owners of 15 abandoned cars have not complied with the statement. The department and Enforcement Unit will take further action through its Towing Operation.
Bandar Seri Begawan was recognised at the 15th Asean Ministrial Meeting and selected to receive an Asean Environmentally Sustainable Cities Award in Vientaine, Laos, last October.