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Keeping the coast clean


Beachgoers enjoying the day at Pantai Bersih in Bagan Ajam, Butterworth. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

Beachgoers enjoying the day at Pantai Bersih in Bagan Ajam, Butterworth. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

LITTERBUGS continue to infest the beach next to the Butterworth Outer Ring Road and also in Pantai Bersih nearby.

Heaps of garbage, mostly plastic bags and bottles, could be seen scattered all over the place along the 1km highway overlooking the Penang island.

A 70-metre long seawall in Pantai Bersih, a favourite spot for anglers, was also not spared.

Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (Penang) Sdn Bhd general manager (operations) Adnan Ariffin said its workers would clean up the garbage everyday but there would be more rubbish littered there the next day.

“Without fail, we will clean and collect about five big bags of rubbish everyday.

Rubbish heaped under a tree at Pantai Bersih.
Rubbish heaped under a tree at Pantai Bersih.

“Not only plastic bags, food wrappers, and diapers, some also leave behind prayer paraphernalia and clothes here.

“It is illegal to stop along the highway unless for emergencies and despite road signs being placed to deter motorists from stopping or parking, they continue to turn a blind eye,” he said yesterday.

Adnan said the littering problem did not only occur along the seaside stretch of the highway, but also at the rest area further down.

He said police had been called in to summon errant motorists who stopped along the highway but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said council workers would clean up Pantai Bersih at least four times yearly.

Durian shells strewn at the Butterworth Outer Ring Road shore near Pantai Bersih.
Durian shells strewn at the Butterworth Outer Ring Road shore near Pantai Bersih.

“Although some of the beach areas are not maintained by us, we also help clean up as a community service.

“I hope the relevant authorities in charge of this stretch can find a way to upkeep the cleanliness of the area.

“We are ready to collaborate for a gotong-royong,” said Rozali.

In March, 140 students and 37 teachers from SMK Convent Bukit Mertajam removed 30 bags of garbage from Pantai Bersih during a clean-up.

Star Metro had reported last year that the shoreline was infested with rodents and cockroaches, and had become a feeding ground for crows.

Furthermore, the area had also been turned into an illegal dumping ground for old motorcycle tyres, cigarette boxes, plastic bottles, cups and old bags, all being disposed of there.

   

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