World Water Day by Malaysian Water Forum
The National World Water Day Celebration has been held in SMK Taman Sea on 22nd March 2019. Malaysian Water Forum is the organizer for the World Water Day whom took part in the events especially in schools. The WWD Celebration was officiated by En Mohd Yusof b Abdul Rahman as the Vice President of Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA). In the event, FOMCA has arranged a forum including Mr.Thomas Joseph Thomas, Director of Resource Planing & Engineering Services Division Water Regulatory Department (SPAN), Mr. Kelvin Siew Weng Hoe, Head of Distribution AIR Selangor and Mr Syamsul Hamdan, Vice President of Water Quality & Laboratory Services Department (Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor). The forum was presided over by Miss Saral James Maniam, President of Malaysian Water Forum.Besides, we held a hand printed pledge for the students which was prepared earlier. The students took the pledge by hand printing their palm on top of a white cloth recreating the image of a world in an outline. At a time of immense global challenges such poverty, inequalities, natural disasters, humanitarian crises and forced displacement, the theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving No One Behind’ with an aspect on why people have been left behind and how a change could be driven to this people accessing to water and sanitation and sustainable water management. Marginalized groups of people such as women, children, refugees, disabled people and many others are often overlooked when they try to access and manage safe water. ‘Safe water’ is safely managed drinking water that is accessible at the premises, available when needed and free from contamination. The human right to water and sanitation entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use which includes water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation and personal and household hygiene. In support of Vision 2020 (towards achieving developed nation status), Malaysia will conserve and manage its water resources to ensure adequate and safe water for all. Since Independence, Malaysia has undergone rapid economic and social development and together with better education, this has boosted people’s expectations of better standards of living. Water shortages and flooding are no longer thought of as natural disasters to be endured and accepted. At the same time, environmental awareness in the country has grown, as reflected in the growing number of public complaints on environmental pollution.
Start date: March 22, 2019
End date: March 22, 2019
Organization: Forum Air Malaysia