KUANTAN – The Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, today took to task mining operators for what he claimed was their insensitivity to the environment.
He said they should be more responsible and protect the environment, such as by ensuring that their vehicles were cleaned before they entered public roads.
Otherwise, the vehicles would dirty the roads and pose a health hazard, he added.
As such, the sultan said, he hoped that implementation of development projects under the 10th and 11th Malaysia plans would take into account the importance of preserving the environment.
“I hope mining activities can be based on the practice of sustainable mining, without polluting the air and rivers,” he said in his royal address when opening the first meeting of the third session of the Pahang State Assembly here.
The text of the sultan’s speech was read out by the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
The sultan said he was made to understand that an integrated operation, involving the Land and Mines Department, the police, the Transport Department, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and the People’s Volunteer Corps, was conducted a month ago against dirty lorries, especially those carrying ore on public roads.
A total of 65 lorries were stopped and slapped with compound fines amounting to RM785,700, he said, adding that the operation had helped to reduce pollution on the affected roads.
The sultan also expressed concern over the 130 per cent increase in the number of dengue fever cases in the state.
A total of 989 dengue cases with four fatalities were reported during the first 19 weeks of this year compared to 430 cases with no deaths during the corresponding period last year, he said.
He advised the people to keep their house compounds clean so that they did not become breeding grounds for the Aedes mosquito, carrier of the dengue virus.
The sultan also said that he was happy that the state government was giving special attention to projects to enhance human capital, especially among youths.
“The re-skilling programme should be enhanced to provide opportunities for students who are not academically good to get skills training,” he added.
The house will sit again on Monday. – BERNAMA