October 19, 2012 | The New Straits Times | L. Suganya |
A group of divers, with underwater environment very close to their hearts, recently embarked on a coral cleaning campaign in an effort to clean up the sea bed.
Held for the second time this year in Pulau Tioman, the campaign was headed by lab equipment supplier Khairul Himady Ahmad.
“Every year at least 100,000 marine lives are lost because of what humans do. We are doing this to raise awareness,” he said.
The three-day campaign involving 23 volunteers had them cleaning the areas surrounding Batu Malang, Pulau Labas and Pulau Soyak.
Some of the stuff the team found were car batteries, track pants, bottles, and cans. About 15 bags of rubbish were collected during the campaign.
Environmental consultant Yap Kian Fatt, who was also part of the organising team, stressed the importance of everyone playing a part in protecting and conserving the environment especially the ocean.
Yap added that what was collected through the campaign was nothing compared to the amount of littering done.
“We should all be responsible. To quote Michael Jackson, ‘If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change,” he said.
The campaign was one of the projects funded by 1Malaysia Development Bhd under the Dana Belia 1Malaysia programme.
- Excerpt reproduced with the permission of The New Straits Times, Malaysia