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Published: Monday March 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 1:56:22 PM

Green supporters gather in various places to mark Earth Hour

One for a cause: Ong (second right) leading the event at Auto-City.

One for a cause: Ong (second right) leading the event at Auto-City.

EARTH Hour was observed on Saturday by people across the country who profess concern for the environment and global climate change.

For an hour, non-essential lights and other electrical appliances at shopping malls were switched off to mark the event for Mother Earth.

At the Penang Times Square in George Town when the lights were switched off from 8.30pm, local artistes began serenading the 100-odd crowd in the dark on a makeshift stage.

Balloons were released and clowns mingled with the crowd to create a carnival setting.

The highlight was an appearance by American performer, Frederick Henry, who is best known for his Michael Jackson impersonation.

He belted out the late King of Pop’s hits including the theme song ‘Heal the World’ as the crowd lit candles for Earth Hour.

Over at the First Avenue mall, a group of artistes performed a flash mob presentation of the ‘Harlem Shake’.

There was also a sand art display where creators had to use spotlights to illustrate their designs as well as a percussion group who played music with recycled items.

The crowd also gathered to watch two dynamo-powered bicycles lighting up bulbs at the main atrium at the basement floor of the mall.

Hiew Swee Choo, 37, who came along with her husband and three children aged between four and eight, said she wanted her children to see life without electricity.

“I want them to appreciate the environment and to recycle,’’ she said.

Rachid Alaoui, 27, a tourist from Morocco, urged people to bring along their own garbage bags when they were enjoying an outdoor activity.

In Queensbay Mall, some 600 cyclists went on a 6.6km ride despite a downpour.

The mall also presented RM5,000 to the St Nicholas Home For The Blind.

In Bukit Mertajam, thousands joined Penang Youth, Sports, Women, Family & Community Deve-lopment Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi to celebrate the event at Auto-City area in Juru.

About 700 students from the Jit Sin Independent High School participated in the event while the school gave away 1,000 candles to those present.

The event commenced at 8pm with a 24 festive drum performance.

Many of the food and beverage outlets then either switched off their lights or put on a dim mode from 8.30pm to 9.30pm for the occasion.

After the lights were switched off, candles were lit and events such as video clips, dances, songs rendition, a Chinese Yo-yo (diabolo) performance and a magic show were held.

Among those present were Jit Sin headmaster Tan Kee Keat and Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

Maimunah said the global event was an important celebration for energy conservation as climate change was a serious problem affecting everyone.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Environment, Family & Community, earth hour and penang

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