BUKIT Bintang Central Environ-mental Committee (BBCEC) members woke up early on a Saturday to take part in a massive gotong-royong exercise.
The 13th Jom Bersih Bukit Bintang programme was a joint collaboration between Federal Hotels International Group, The Federal Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur, BBCEC, Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL), Local Agenda 21 (L21) and the Federal Territories Ministry.
About 800 committee members from the hotels, shopping complexes and authorities joined forces in the programme that kicked off at the Low Yat Plaza boulevard.
The large-scale clean-up was the second gotong royong held by BBCEC this year, aimed at maintaining cleanliness and the friendly neighbourhood image of Bukit Bintang as a famed tourist belt.
BBCEC chairman Simon Leong said, “The biannual programme is held to educate the public and stakeholders on the importance of working towards a sustainable environment and promoting green practices.
“As a result of the awareness campaigns in previous years, all the hotels in Bukit Bintang have joined the bandwagon and are carrying out recycling and other green activities,” said Leong, who is also Federal Hotels International senior general manager.
He added that The Federal Kuala Lumpur hotel would be the first hotel to practise composting to strengthen its efforts to keep its premises clean and green.
At the launch, DBKL executive director (management) Mustafa Mohd Nor said, “People need to be educated on how to separate their waste properly.
“The annual budget allocated for waste management is about RM260mil a year and it’s still going up because the volume of waste produced by residents increases daily.
“People could practise recycling at home or do their own composting and if the volume of waste produced decreases, the budget allocation can be lowered and DBKL can channel it to other maintenance and upgrading works,” said Mustafa.
He hoped residents were aware that one day the Bukit Tagar landfill would not be able to hold all the waste anymore if their habits stayed the same.
During the event, DBKL also promoted its ongoing transformation project for seven back lanes that had already taken place in Jalan Changkat, Jalan Alor and Jalan Hang Kasturi in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
“The stereotyping of back lanes needs to stop as it is now safe, secure and cheerful,” said DBKL project implementation and building maintenance director Mohd Sahak Surip.