COMMUNITIES in Bukit Bintang worked side by side to keep the streets clean for the 17th year running in the Jom Bersih Bukit Bintang campaign.
Bukit Bintang Central Environmental Committee (BBCEC) threw in an element of fun for the twice-yearly event with activities that got all 800 participants dancing on the streets.
Educational booths on waste and weight management were also set up during the event.
BBCEC organising chairman Simon Leong said there was also a competition themed “Trim The Excess”.
“The challenge requires participants to put in an effort over the next six months to lose some weight. At the next gotong-royong, we will weigh them in and they stand to win cash prizes for their weight loss.
“Besides cleaning, our Local Agenda 21 (LA21) partners will impart their knowledge, educating schoolchildren on waste management, proper waste segregation, personal hygiene and how to live healthy,” he said.
For Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) City Planning Department deputy director Nik Mastura Diyana Nik Mohamad, it was an opportunity to bring awareness to the communities involved.
“We want to change the mindsets of the communities, that is why we have included schoolchildren.
“The Bukit Bintang community has a very strong bond and it is because of that we can respond immediately when an issue such as illegal parking arises as they keep us updated through WhatsApp.
“At first, the gotong-royong only covered a small area but now, it is expanding.
“We cannot only rely on individuals so the involvement of the private sector in the area is also important,” she said.
She added that it also gave them a chance to check on the hygiene of food premises in the area, handing out warning letters and closing shops in violation of health standards.
What started as a small initiative among a few hotels and shopping malls in the area to clean up Bukit Bintang has grown to include several non-governmental organisations, the authorities and schools.
Among those involved were The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur as well as Plaza Low Yat and Sungei Wang Plaza.
Other participants were LA21 Kuala Lumpur, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd, Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd and the Kuala Lumpur Fire Department.
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