2019 News

Sabah World Rivers Day 2019 : International Conference And Exhibition

05KOTA KINABALU: Sabah World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. On September 24-25, 2019 Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and The Institution of Engineer Malaysia (IEM) held its International Conference and Exhibition : Sabah World Rivers Day at Sutera Harbour Resort, Sabah. The ceremony was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, also present at the event State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister, Datuk Junz Wong, DID Sabah Director, Datuk Haji Yahiya Awang Kahar, DID Malaysia Deputy Director-General, Datuk Haji Nor Hisham Mohd Ghazali, IEM Sabah Chairman, Dr James Yong Hon Min, and the organising chairperson, Jeffrey Ng Vun Ping, and others. 

The purpose for the event is to share the knowledge of the new technologies for preserving the environment to avoid illegal logging in particularly at forest reserves that has significantly impacted the people’s life. Datuk Shafie said studies on sand extraction and land reclamation have been conducted in various locations in Sabah and addressing the environmental and social impacts associated with legal and illegal sand extraction is not easy as sand and concrete are as ingrained in modern societies and economies as fossil fuels, and similarly will require a global change in attitude and practices if river systems are to be preserved. “So it’s time for action, more action, more joint action. Because it’s only through integrative effort, we can adapt to the harsh reality of climate change. It’s only through working together, in coalitions that we can mitigate the effects of climate change. Or better still, prevent them. As we know from experience that prevention helps, and prevention is always better than cure,” he said.

The next day, our CEO of Dura has been invited as one of the speakers to participate in this event. He was presenting about “Application of Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete Technology for Bridges”, the primary focus will be on topics related to “Technologies for Waterbodies”. Dr Voo said “Overall, this material offers solutions with advantages such as speed of construction, superior durability, and impermeability against corrosion, abrasion and impact which translates to reduced maintenance and a longer life span for the structure that can help people’s life”. 
Last but not least, Datuk Shafie said “ That is why I took the initiative to support this conference and exhibition”. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.
Sabah World Rivers Day International Conference and Exhibition.
Arrival of Sabah Chief Minister Dato Seri Shafie Apdal.
Booth by Dura Technology.
Dr Voo greets DS Shafie Apdal during the exhibition.
Group photo session with the chief minister.
Dr Voo as a one fo the keynote speaker during the conference.
Sabah World Rivers Day International Conference and Exhibition.
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