In support of the safe return to normalcy, nature lovers can now rejoice as one of the rivers in Selangor, Sungai Kedondong had a massive clean-up exercise.
The initiative was initiated by the largest home improvement retailer MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad (“MR. D.I.Y.”) together with the Majlis Perbandaran Hulu Selangor (MPHS) as they worked hand in hand to welcome the visitors back to the favourite recreational spot today.
The two hour activity involved 80 volunteers cleaning up waste at the river and performing beautification works on the infrastructure at the recreational area. Several signages were also installed by MR. D.I.Y. and MPHS as reminders to the visitors to keep the area clean.
Apart from MR. D.I.Y. and MPHS, volunteers also consisted of personnel from the Forestry Department (Jabatan Perhutanan), the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS), the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA), the Malaysia Civil Defence Department (JPAM) as well as the Orang Asli community from Kampung Songkok.
Opening the event, MR D.I.Y. Group Chairman, Dato’ Azlam Shah Alias said, “As a homegrown retailer, MR. D.I.Y. wants to support local councils and businesses as they open up. It’s not just about work, school, and retail, it’s also about ensuring our tourists’ attraction spots are clean and prepped to welcome visitors.”
“Our organization is happy to be able to work with MPHS to organise this clean-up, to keep the area clean, and signages to remind visitors to maintain the area. This is one of the many ways we are supporting Malaysia and Malaysians as we return to the ‘new normal’. Also, kudos to all the volunteers for spearheading the clean-up operation,” added Dato’ Azlam.
Yang Dipertua Majlis Perbandaran Hulu Selangor (MPHS), Yang Berbahagia Tuan Mohd Hasry bin Nor Mohd A.M.S., said that the Majlis Perbandaran Hulu Selangor (MPHS) is pleased with the support from MR. D.I.Y.
“Since the reopening of tourism activities, the recreational spots in Hulu Selangor have attracted many visitors on weekends, including Sg. Kedondong.
“However, this also brought about littering problems and they have caused inconvenience to other visitors. Thanks to the volunteers, together, we were able to restore the cleanliness of Sg. Kedondong today.
“In the long-run, we hope the public will share the responsibility of maintaining the cleanliness at Sg. Kedondong, so that the efforts of our volunteers today are made worthwhile,” he emphasized.
He added MPHS is committed to making Hulu Selangor a low carbon city by 2030 by implementing sustainable practices.
Today’s program was an effort of the council to achieve the 17th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by the United Nations – Partnership for the Goals.
“Hygiene issues need to be addressed immediately and all parties need to play a role to ensure that the set goals are achieved.
MPHS wishes that the collaboration with corporate bodies can be continued and expanded in the future, to correspond with MPHS’s direction towards urbanization for all,” added Tuan Mohd Hasry.
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