More needs to be done to keep Marina Waterfront clean — State Library CEO

Librarian Ahmad Samsudin (right) with some of the volunteers.

MIRI: More needs to be done though more than 3,000 kilograms of rubbish were collected by volunteers during the beach cleaning at Marina Waterfront here last Tuesday.

The beach cleaning programme, organised by Sarawak State Library Miri, started at 4.30pm and ended at 6pm. Some 100 people from all walks of life took part in the activity.

The ‘gotong-royong’ activity on the coast of Marina Parkcity is the initiative of the Sarawak State Library staff’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme led by its chief executive officer Rashidah Bolhassan.

It was participated by Miri Local Agenda (LA21), various agencies, the general public and Miri City Council (MCC) secretary Morshidi Fredrick and MCC staff.

Rashidah collecting the rubbish.

The objective of the programme is to create awareness and sense of responsibility towards cleanliness, coastal security and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

“The public should be reminded not to throw trash, especially plastic into rivers that will eventually make its way to the beach and the sea causing disruption to the ecosystem, thereby threatening habitat of rivers and seas.

“We did not expect to get this much rubbish and this is just a quarter of the garbage that is at the beach and more rubbish could be collected if we had more volunteers for this.

“If people do not throw their waste in the river, beach cleaning activities need not be held all the time and the image

of Miri City will be splendid,” she said.

Rashidah hoped the programme would be continued and urged the authorities to take the initiative to reduce pollution on the coastal and river areas of Miri.

“We want our kids to live in an ecologically healthy and clean environment. Thus we must take care of the environment for our future generations.

“It is also our responsibility to educate our children about the importance of keeping the environment clean,” she added.