Lau (right) briefs the participants at the start of the ‘gotong-royong’.
MIRI: The first monthly ‘gotong-royong’ (work party) jointly run by three local chapters of Junior Chamber International (JCI) at Kampung Wireless here last weekend, managed to collect 1,150kg of rubbish.
Photo shows the 1, 150kg of rubbish collected by the volunteers during JCI’s first ‘gotong-royong’ slated for Kampung Wireless Riverine Project.
Organised by JCI Lutong, JCI Riam and JCI Miri, the programme also received strong support from the Miri City Council (MCC).
The activity involved over 60 volunteers, who represented not only the JCI and the MCC, but also local neighbourhoods, governmental and non-governmental bodies, and Petronas.
According to JCI Lutong president Leslie Lau, the ‘gotong-royong’ would be run throughout the year, with the three JCI chapters taking turns in conducting it every month.
“After JCI Lutong, the next one will be run by JCI Riam in February,” he said.
Lau said the key objective of the ‘gotong-royong’ was to collect data, set to become the benchmark for the Kampung Wireless Riverine Project.
“Last year, the JCI came out with a series of initiatives under the Kampung Wireless Riverine Project, to tackle the issue of pollution in this area.
“The benchmark set from the data would be used to compare and confirm the rate of effectiveness of the initiatives under this project.”
Lau stressed that awareness of cleanliness was one of the 2020 agenda set by JCI Lutong, as it strives to contribute back to the community.
“The participants are exposed to a number of issues, such as rubbish problem, during the ‘gotong-royong’ and we hope that this activity would push the public to start addressing the problem more seriously and take part in the movement to keep the city clean. We may not be able to solve the problem in a day or through just one campaign, but we must start somewhere – this is our baby step,” said Lau.
The JCI is a global community of young leaders, aged 18 to 40. This year, JCI Lutong is focusing on enhancing personal growth and teamwork through various community services; at the same time, it strives to inspire and motivate each member to become a community leader.
For more information about JCI Lutong, contact Lau via 019-8646363.