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Muar river pollution is mainly from industrial estates, poultry farms and sewege water

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As a Muarian, I welcome the royal call from his Highness Johor Sultan for relocating bus stations and wet market from the riverbank and gazetting old buildings in the Muar city.

Nevertheless, in order to reduce Muar river’s pollution, several areas have to be looked into with a holistic approach by Johor and Federal governments.

For instances,

1. There are no solid wastes and sewage treatment facilities for industrial estates along the Muar river like Pagoh and Gersik Industrial Parks.

2. Untreated animal wastes from the poultry farms in Muar river upstream like in Kepong are discharged directly into river.

3. There are no sewage treatment facilities for small towns, new villages and Malay kampungs along the river.

4. The organic fertilizers and cultivation methods should be introduced and encouraged with tax incentives to reduce chemical and pesticide discharges from flowing into river.

Unpolluted and clean Muar river is not just for the sake of a better living habitat for fauna and flora and tourism development, but it’s a sole source of drinking water for entire Muar District, a big portion of Ledang District and a reserved reservoir for Melaka state.

While for old buildings protection, the gazette should include old shophouses, school buildings, clan buildings, religious places and unique landmarks besides the government office buildings.

I hope with the Johor royal town’s declaration and the full blessing from the Johor Sultan, local government and residents will take more proactive actions to keep historic Muar city and Muar river in a clean and green environment all the times.

Johor Ruler wants old buildings in Muar gazetted
By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH

Residents in Muar watching the investiture ceremony on a giant TV screen outside the Diamond Jubilee Hall on Thursday. Starpix by ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG.

MUAR: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar wants the state government to gazette all old buildings in this town as heritage buildings.

He said the buildings, including the Muar High School, the old Muar courthouse, the old Muar post office, the town mosque, the Muar hospital and the old Customs office, were built by Sultan Abu Bakar Sultan Ibrahim.

Speaking at his 54th birthday celebration, he said he decided to celebrate his birthday in Muar as he loved Bandar Maharani which is located along Sungai Muar.

“For the first time, a Johor Ruler decided to celebrate his birthday in Muar and I made history today by being the first Ruler to celebrate his birthday here.

“I picked Muar as the town is rich in history and tradition besides being peaceful, beautiful and progressive,” he said before conferring state awards and old royal titles to his children at the Muar Diamond Jubilee Hall on Thursday.

Sultan Ibrahim, who was accompanied by his consort Raja Zarith Sofia, said Sungai Muar should always be clean and protected.

He urged the state government, the local authorities and the people to ensure the river’s cleanliness.

This, he said, could be done by relocating the bus and taxi terminals elsewhere.

Sultan Ibrahim also announced the revival of old royal titles which he bestowed on his children.

Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim, was conferred the title of Tunku Laksamana Johor; Tunku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Panglima Johor; Tunku Abu Bakar Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Putera Johor; Tunku Idris Iskandar Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Temenggong Johor; and Tunku Aminah Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Tun Aminah.

Meanwhile, thousands of residents thronged the roads in the town to witness the ceremony at the Diamond Jubilee Hall.

Those who could not enter the hall watched the celebration and investiture ceremony from five giant screens set up by the municipal council.

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