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Blueprint for Putatan-Petagas River

28th August, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The Putatan-Petagas River renewal plan will give positive impact to the local populace, as the river struggles with its pollution problem.

Petagas Assemblyman Uda Sulai said a paperwork and collaboration between his side and experts from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) are being ironed out.

He said the plan is expected to provide benefits to Putatan residents including improving local economy, living and social standards in line with the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN). “My office is in the midst of working on a joint venture with UMS to find ways to renew, repair and clean the said river.

“A bilateral discussion has been done recently to find the best mechanism to rejuvenate Putatan river and for the purpose, various measures will be taken including reviewing and the level of pollution, biology, social among others.

“The proposal will be submitted to the Chief Minister,” he said after attending a briefing by UMS experts and research staff at his office recently. Uda said the riverine offers potential tourism attractions “We want to empower the people in Petagas to benefit from this development,” he added.

In addition, Uda called on the relevant parties to plant the ‘putat’ tree around the Putatan River to restore its name. Also present were Prof Dr Rosazman Hussin (Humanity and Heritage), Associate Professor Dr Jidon Adrian Janaun (Engineering), Associate Professor Dr Gaim James Lunkapis (Humanity and Heritage), Dr. Aseyah Uy Abubakar (Humanity and Heritage), Dr Lee Kuok Tiung (Humanity and Heritage) and Julius Kulip (Institute of Tropical Biology and Conservation). – Noor Zafira Shafie

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