IIB Helps Preserve Natural Treasures in Mersing

Some volunteers went underwater to clean-up

‘Saving Paradise’ rallies staff volunteers to clean underwater and beaches

Over 40 staff volunteers from Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) and related agencies combed the beaches and waters of Taman Laut Sultan Iskandar in an environmental clean-up exercise recently. The project which took two whole days saw enthusiastic groups of divers and non-divers cover long stretches of sandy and rocky beaches, as well as popular diving spots around Pulau Aur.

“We hope this ‘Saving Paradise’ programme would help protect our coastlines and ocean from debris brought by development, tourism and fishing activities. The exercise had instilled deep appreciation towards our natural treasures and encouraged our team to travel responsibly the next time they take a vacation. After freeing corals from fishing nets and clearing beaches from plastic waste, I am sure many would think twice before reaching out to single-use plastic containers,” said Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, President/Chief Executive Officer of IIB.

Volunteers combed the beaches of Taman Laut Sultan Iskandar as part of their environmental clean-up exercise

“We are delighted to see companies in Johor Bahru such as IIB coming forward to help us keep our coastlines and ocean clean. As Mersing is gaining popularity and more visitors are travelling to its many beautiful islands, the marine park needs continuous conservation and rehabilitation exercises to keep its water pristine and wilderness protected,” added Asman Shah Abd Rahman, Mersing District Officer who coordinated the clean-up exercise.

A total of 480 kilogrammes of rubbish was collected throughout the exercise which was transported back to the mainland for disposal by iCycle Malaysia.

Besides that, Hj Akmal Ahmad, Chief Operating Officer of IIB presented new school bags complete with stationery supplies to over 40 children on Pulau Aur, Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Tinggi and Pulau Sibu. IIB also donated four portable LED projectors to the schools to prepare them for the 2019 school term.