1. SFC REQUIRED TO ENGAGE WITH PRIVATE SECTOR
Sarawak Forestry Corporation S-F-C were required to look into the possibility of engaging the private sector to promote and market Sarawak’s national parks and wildlife as tourism products.
This was requested by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg who also suggested that the private sector could look into promoting the best of what Sarawak nature and national parks could offer.
The reason why the initiative was targeted at specific types of tourists such as the bird watchers were because when he spoke to the bird watcher, he was told that the bird watcher spent a considerable amount of money just to come to the state to watch the various exotic birds.
2. COMBATING SPREAD OF RABIES, 73% DOGS VACCINATED ACROSS STATE
About 73 per cent of the dog population across the state has been vaccinated by the state Veterinary Services Department (DVS) as it continues to fight spread the rabies.
Speaking at the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (SSPCA) Christmas Charity Bazaar today, DVS Director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud said they will continue to carry out the vaccination programme until they achieve their mission to be rabies-free by 2021 in human cases and dog rabies-free by 2025.
He further said that the state government will continue to seek public cooperation and support to combat spread of rabies.
3. MORE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY
The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department needs more community and volunteer firefighters, especially in semi-urban and rural areas.
Its director, Khirudin Drahman said this is important as they are the first responders in times of emergency situations while waiting for firefighters to arrive. Therefore he urged more people to join the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Force (PBS)
He further said that this approach is also to educate the communities on how control the situation in order to reduce the impact of fire.