Villagers honoured at awards
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Kota Kinabalu: The ingenuity of a rural community in a small village called Kampung Libang Laut Garas in Tambunan to generate electricity using old automotive parts received recognition from the State Government in the Fourth Sabah Environmental Recognition Night 2009, Saturday.
Presenting the inaugural Minister’s Special Award to Hamid Jasmin and a group of villagers from Kampung Libang Laut Garas was State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun in a glittering night at Magellan Sutera Harbour.
Masidi praised the kampung folk led by Hamid for their cleverness in installing the water wheel, a project dubbed by them as Balasut. Even though the ingenious generator was swept away by flood, the villagers never gave up improving their machine in order to provide power supply to their village, said the Minister in the award citation.
Another recipient of the Minister’s Special Award was a palm oil plantation company in Lahad Datu, Sabahmas Plantations Sdn Bhd.
According to Masidi, he decided to introduce the award for the first time this year to provide recognition to those who had contributed greatly to the environment but did not fall into the various categories contested.
Secondly, he said it was also to recognise their contributions, which they (the recipients) did not want to make a fuss in the first place.
Meanwhile, the recipient of the Outstanding Environmental Leadership Award went to Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa Communications Director, Tulip Nurazye.
Outstanding Environmental Writer of the Year Award went to Fauzan Mydin, while there is no winner in the All Sabah Environmental Award.
The Outstanding Environmental Friendly Project Award was won by Institut Sinaran, while the School Award was won by SM St Michael Penampang.
Sabah Forestry Development Authority (Safoda) was the winner for the Government Organisation Award while the Penampang Junior Chambers won the NGO category.
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa “defended” the Private Organisation Award that it won in the third edition of the recognition night back in 2005.
Also on hand were Assistant Ministers, Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin and Bolkiah Ismail, Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim and Permanent Secretary Datuk Suzannah Liaw.