Kota Marudu Member of Parliament


KAPIT -  Surrounded by lush greeneries, Kapit has the potential to grow and lead in the green technology in Sarawak.


Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili in disclosing this today, said that green technology has strong potentials to stimulate economic growth while mitigating environmental degradation.


Already known for its eco-tourism products, Kapit, he said is moving towards the the right direction, in terms of environmental protection, in line with its tagline - “Clean, Safe and


Natural”. “The green lifestyle is already instilled among the people here. The treated water production for Kapit is 15 million litre per-day (MLD), and only about 10 MLD is utilised, as most still use gravity water for supplies,” he said, adding that the energy demand for the district is 7.2 Megawatt.


Ongkili, however, noted that despite the vast development in the area, power and energy conservation must not be neglected. “Economic development based on sustainability is vital. We need to protect our jungle, water and other resources to ensure sustainable supply to meet the needs of the people,” he said at the launching of the Sarawak Yayasan Hijau Malaysia (YaHijau) Tour Programme, here, today.


The programme was also earlier launched in Santubong on Jan 30, followed by Kapah (Feb 20) and Sebauh (Mar 5). YaHijau is a foundation set up to promote green lifestyle and technology in a move to make it a way of life among Malaysians. Also at the event were Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, who is also the Kapit MP and YaHijau Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Amin Abdullah, to mention some.


Calling on the people to practice green lifestyle, Ongkili noted that despite enjoying among the lowest electricity tariff in the country, Sarawakians are encouraged to take positive measures to preserve energy and water resources, and to also educate their children to also do the same. The establishment of YaHijau was announced during the tabling of Budget 2014 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, with a launching fund of RM15 million . “I am confident that the people here will help preserve energy and water resources to ensure a continuous sustainable supply of both resources. “With the help of everyone, I also believe that we will be able to find a collective and effective solution to overcome the current situation affecting our power and water generation,” said Ongkili.


He also urged the Kapit people to continue forging close working relations with the ruling government and give full support to the national transformation agenda to further develop rural Sarawak and Sabah. At the event, Ongkili also presented RM1,000 grant each from YaHijau for five selected schools here namely Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kapit, SMK Kapit II, SK Kampung Baru Kapit, SK Methodist and SK Kapit towards the establishment of the Green Corner Development Programme at their respective school.


The programme hopes to create creative and innovative thinking among students on green technology through hands-on and basic research activities.


Source - KeTTHA