THE Sathya Sai International Organisation of Malaysia (SSIOM), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), and the Naam Group will work alongside other industry players to educate tour operators, tourists as well as locals to care for the environment by not disposing of rubbish indiscriminately.
SSIO Kedah coordinator Dr T. Dandaithapani said for a start, organisation members of which 50% were young professionals, will share their experience on the nature-based environmental care project via the social media to mobilise other young professionals to join in the conservation effort.
“We expect the awareness to spread to other young professionals who can spearhead the effort to save the environment.
“From this, we hope to expand the group’s environmental-based programme from Langkawi to nationwide and internationally in the future,” he said during the Environmental Care Project organised and hosted by Sathya Sai Baba Centre, Langkawi at Pulau Beras Basah and Teluk Daun in Langkawi recently.
The project was co-sponsored by Naam Group — a premier marine leisure water sport company in Langkawi and supported by Golden Sands Holidays and Tropical Charters Langkawi.
The event saw the participation of 109 members from the Sungai Petani, Alor Setar, Kuala Kedah and Langkawi branches of the SSIOM.
Naam Group chairman Datuk Dr Ravi Ponniah said the programme was not just to keep Langkawi’s beaches pristine, but also to clear off debris and flotsam from the water of Langkawi.
“We are glad to note that there are other like-minded organisations like Satya Sai Baba Group and MNS who are helping to keep Langkawi clean.
“We urge other NGOs to help keep the jewel of Kedah in pristine condition,” he said.
MNS vice-president Eric R. Sinnaya said the environmental education awareness programme is a holistic effort encompassing the environment, wildlife and nature.
He added local tourism operators were the frontline personnel who should play a part in spreading awareness among tourists.