Penguang instructs local councils to curb backyard burning

SIBU: All local councils in the state and the relevant enforcement agencies are expected to work toward ensuring a clean and sustainable environment.

Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said one of the issues they must look into seriously is backyard burning as it could contribute to air pollution.

He said this when was asked if local councils had been instructed to stop open burning or backyard burning in view of the prevailing dry weather.

Open backyard burning is prohibited under both the Natural Resources and Environment Ordinance and the Local Authorities Ordinance as doing otherwise will not only help to contribute to the pollution of the air/environment but at the same time cause a lot of nuisance or inconveniences to their neighbours.

Meanwhile, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar reportedly cautioned the public against open burning during the current hot spell.

Based on the report by the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) issued Sunday, there were two hotspots detected in the country, namely in Pahang and Terengganu.

Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai, on the other hand, said open burning is under the Public Nuisance By-Law, and offenders could be compounded.

Advising residents to refrain from open burning in their backyards, he said open burning would also create nuisance for the neighbourhood.

Source: Borneo Post Online