PETALING JAYA: UEM Sunrise Bhd and Melati Ehsan Group, via their joint-venture subsidiary, Mega Legacy (M) Sdn Bhd (MLMSB), have committed RM50,000 for the purpose of evaluating the water quality of the Kepong Metropolitan Park Lake.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between MLMSB and Universiti Malaya’s (UM) Faculty of Science was inked yesterday with the aim of assessing the water quality and heavy metal contents of the lake, which is located next to the township of Kiara Bay in Kepong.
UEM Sunrise chief executive officer Sufian Abdullah said the MoU outlines two phases for the initiative with the first one being financed via a grant provided by UEM Group.
The first phase, led by UM will also test the water for its microbiological contents and will determine the necessary steps that will need to be taken for phase two.
“The first RM50,000 will be used to start the process and hopefully the turnover will lead to some action that will improve the quality of the lake for the good of the community,” he said to reporters after the MoU signing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
According to Sufian, the group will look at how to move forward with phase two of the initiative but has not committed to an amount as of yet.
He added that UEM Sunrise was the first developer in the area to ensure the water quality of the lake within its development was safe for recreational activities.
“The park is known as a space for various recreational and leisure family activities. In the middle is the lake itself, spanning 57 ha. Given the nature of our business, we are taking the first step in preserving this picturesque lake,” he said.
Meanwhile, Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said partnerships like this were proof that more can be done to protect and improve Malaysia’s environment through common efforts by all sectors.