Johor Bahru, Johor, 30 September 2018 – 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 on 28 September 2018. The project which took two whole days saw an enthusiastic group of divers and non-divers covered long stretches of sandy and rocky beaches, as well as popular diving spots around Pulau Aur.
“We hope ‘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.
“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 kilogram of rubbish were collected throughout the exercise which was all transported back to the mainland for disposal by iCycle Malaysia. Apart from the comprehensive waste separation and recycling provider, students of Raffles University Iskandar (RUI) also join the bandwagon in IIB’s second- year programme by designing ‘Saving Paradise’ t-shirt which featured restored beaches and waters.
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. Its ‘Back to School’ programme is an annual reach-out initiative to assist various underserved communities, especially in Iskandar Malaysia areas.