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Malakoff Corporation Berhad (“Malakoff”), in collaboration with the Perak State Fisheries Department (“JPNP”) held an environmental programme, “Save Our Sea” on 22 February 2020 at Dataran Teluk Senangin, Perak. Officiated by En. Zaki Mokri, Director of JPNP, the event aimed at cultivating the culture of keeping our beaches, oceans and rivers clean through a concerted campaign, among the local communities and the general public.
More than 300 participants consisting of NGOs and the local communities came to support this initiative.
In his speech, En. Zaki Mokri mentioned, “It is important for everyone to have a civic consciousness in matters pertaining to the environment as ultimately, it is our own individual responsibility to ensure rubbish and waste are not being littered around the beaches, rivers and the ocean”.
“If the aquatic life is heavily poisoned by the toxics found in all this waste, not only will we be running out of sources to consume, but we might also put ourselves in danger of consuming something that is highly intoxicated”.
Research has shown that there’s an enormous amount of plastic waste found in the sea. Micro plastic, which is a type of plastic comprising components that are hard to unravel out in the sea which will decompose on its own in due course, can be a huge threat to the marine ecological system. As rivers would eventually flow into the ocean, carrying everything with it, it is important to ensure that the surrounding area of any river is free from waste.
During the event, the “Save Our Sea” signboard was revealed, followed by the release of baby turtles into the sea by En. Zaki Mokri and the rest of the guests of honour.
The clean-up then began at 8.00 am where participants were segregated into groups, with each group stationed at a specific location. After almost 3 hours, a total 429.5kg of waste was collected by the participants.
“Having had the opportunity to work with Malakoff previously for the ‘Malakoff Turtle Awareness Programme’ for six years in a row, we are grateful that Malakof is a responsible corporate citizen that is committed towards caring for the environment while continuously supporting the cause”, said En. Zaki Mokri, expressing his gratitude.