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Saturday, 08 July 2017 00:00

Joint Beach Cleaning for a Fresh Environment

Written by  Law Ai Lian, Malacca / Translated by Jacynth Chin

Tzu Chi was invited to work with the local government and residents of the Klebang District of Malacca, to turn Klebang into a clean community. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Tzu Chi was invited to work jointly with the local government and residents of the Klebang District of Malacca to create a clean community. Only when everyone put their efforts together can the Earth be clean and healthy.


In view of Tzu Chi’s work in environmental protection and its achievements over the years, the newly appointed Klebang Assemblyman, Gue Teck, who considers environmental protection as the most difficult subject to tackle today, invited Tzu Chi Malacca to help create awareness and drive the local residents to create a clean community through recycling.

At 8 am on July 8, 2018, about 26 Tzu Chi volunteers, their family members and general public gathered at the Klebang Beach in Malacca. The children of Tzu Chi care recipients were also invited to participate in the beach cleaning activity.

Gue Teck stated that the Klebang Beach is a tourist attraction, hence, it is inevitable that garbage would be left on the beach by tourists and store owners. He deemed that maintenance of a clean environment is the responsibility of all and urged everyone to play their role in ensuring the cleanliness of Klebang Beach. By doing that, Klebang Beach could be used as a model for other territory.

Worked hand in hand to clean the beach

Siti Nur Faridah, a secondary school student, is a child of a Tzu Chi care recipient. Besides joining the monthly Tzu Chi Recycling Day, she also contributed some efforts with her brother at this event with a grateful heart. She said happily, “My mother also does recycling at home, and I like to reuse material to make handicrafts. Today is my first participation in a beach cleaning activity. I find it meaningful to make a contribution to the community.”

Sixty-eight-year-old Tuqiman Bakri, who has lived in the community for nearly 40 years, also joined the campaign despite his weak legs caused by his kidney problem. Using crutches as support, he picked up the garbage along the beach together with other participants. He recalled that the beach was clean and nice in the past. He said that the most common garbage found on the beach are cigarette butts, lunch boxes, plastic bags, straws and plastic bottles. He felt that environmental protection should start from each individual and extend to the whole community. He suggested that the relevant authorities could place more trash bins for the public. He also proposed that environmental awareness be instilled in hawkers, and occasional cleaning campaigns be held to upkeep the clean environment.

Let’s deal with the environmental issues

Farhana Mahadi travelled from Johor to Malacca to visit her relatives. She took the opportunity to have a picnic at the beach that morning. According to her, the beach was quite clean in the morning. Unfortunately, the situation became bad with the crowd build-up in the evening. The accumulated garbage overflowed the garbage bins, and people were seen littering. There were also food remnants scattered all over the beach, turning the beautiful beach into an eyesore.

Frequently, the garbage drifted into the sea became “food” for some marine life. The plastics that stay in their stomachs could cause their death, or harm the human health when they are caught for consumption. Fahana called on the authority to resolve the issue of environmental pollution. She wished that everyone can work together to uplift a clean environment and restore the cleanliness of the beach.

Mohd Fahimy, Chairman of the Hawker Association, was also invited to join the activity. He felt honoured to participate in the activity. He said the dirty environment at the beach would affect the hawkers’ business. He expressed his support for the beach cleaning activity and appealed to the relevant authorities to educate the industry. He also suggested that recycle bins be placed to facilitate recycling work and encourage tourists to contribute some relevant efforts.

Volunteer Ng Ai Choon was happy to see the overwhelming response from the public to the activity. She believed that the activity is able to instil the concept of environmental protection in the people who showed up during the campaign, and make them to understand better the importance of environmental protection.

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The beach cleaning activity has allowed the authority and the residents to work together to create a clean beach, and to foster better relationships among the parties concerned. The relevant authorities have also started their plan to promote the concept of environmental cleanliness to the entire city of Malacca, for a better living environment.

 

 

About 26 Tzu Chi volunteers, their family members and general public gathered at the Klebang Beach and worked hand in hand with the local residents to clean up the beach. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]   Tzu Chi volunteer, Loh Siew Cheng shared some information on environmental protection with Klebang Assemblyman, Gue Teck. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

About 26 Tzu Chi volunteers, their family members and general public gathered at the Klebang Beach and worked hand in hand with the local residents to clean up the beach. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
Tzu Chi volunteer, Loh Siew Cheng shared some information on environmental protection with Klebang Assemblyman, Gue Teck. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
Despite his weak legs, the elderly Tuqiman Bakri also willingly took part in the beach cleaning campaign. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]   Siti Nur Faridah (2nd left), child of a Tzu Chi care recipient, gratefully participated in the cleaning campaign. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Despite his weak legs, the elderly Tuqiman Bakri also willingly took part in the beach cleaning campaign. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
 
Siti Nur Faridah (2nd left), child of a Tzu Chi care recipient, gratefully participated in the cleaning campaign. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]