RCJB focuses on preserving and caring for the environment
In a bid to preserve the environment, the Rotary Club of Johor Bahru (RCJB) was involved in “Tanjung Piai Clean-up & Pulau Kukup Sunset Stroll 2018” programme at Tanjung Piai, Pontian, Johor, with a key focus on Environment Awareness, Protection, Preservation and Education.
The programme was jointly organised with Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Perbadanan Taman Negara Johor and Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) and was launched by YB Tuan Hj Suhaimi Bin Salleh, ADUN Kukup representing YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, Chairman of the Johor Executive Committee for Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs.
There were 152 participants in this project, comprising mainly of students from 4 schools in Johor Bahru and Pontian.
The programme at Taman Negara Tanjung Piai kicked off with the planting of mangrove plants in the morning followed by a clean-up exercise. The 5 groups of participants collected a total of 545 kg of rubbish during the 1-hour exercise! This was followed by a visit to Taman Negara Pulau Kukup for a guided tour of the mangroves, ecosystem and plant life there.
“During low tide, it’s disheartening to see rubbish especially plastic bottles thrown in the coastal mangrove areas. What we throw into the sea will end up ashore along the coastline! We must protect the environment,” said Datuk Teo Shiok Fu JP, President of RCJB.
Tanjung Piai is at the southernmost point in Mainland Asia and is one of the few Ramsar sites in Malaysia. Pulau Kukup in Johor is regarded as one of the largest uninhabited mangrove forest reserves in the world.