GEORGE TOWN: In an effort to raise awareness on holding rivers clear, a Penang MCA chief jumped into a garbage-filled drain linking to Sungai Pinang, which is claimed to be among the many dirtiest rivers within the nation.
Cheah Chin Woon, who’s Penang MCA social motion bureau head, then used a internet to scoop up bottles, plastic luggage and a wide range of different waste for disposal.
He harassed that it was not a political stunt however to spotlight an environmental challenge.
“I’m elevating awareness for the general public to make sure that everyone will assist hold our rivers clear.
“It will not be a present however by leaping within the river to enhance awareness, I hope to educate and affect the folks not to throw garbage indiscriminately,” he mentioned earlier than making the splash on Thursday (April 14).
Cheah additionally vented his frustration on the native authority and alleged that the drain had not been cleaned often.
“Based on 24 days of remark, with photographic proof, we will see that the issue was not solved till the final minute.
“Politicians are all the time blaming the folks for littering
“But the truth is, there wasn’t a lot rubbish initially, it is simply that it was not cleaned often and this led to the rubbish accumulating.
“Just this morning, there have been 12 cleaners working alongside the street, displaying that they’re ‘working onerous earlier than the examination’,” he mentioned.
Cheah added that he had determined to name the soiled river “Koi River” after his mates from Kuala Lumpur mistook a number of objects floating within the river as Koi (carp).
“It was not Koi however rubbish floating on the floor. I felt embarrassed and ashamed.
“Hence, we are going to go down and do the cleansing, since our request to the state to perform the cleansing was ignored till the final minute,” mentioned Cheah.
Cheah spent about 30mins cleansing the river whereas different MCA members assisted in amassing the rubbish. Also current was MCA vice-president and Penang MCA chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng.