Flagged off by Tourism, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik at the school, the cycling event was to create awareness on the need to stop plastic pollution in the sea.
The 22km route took them to the lush green padi fields, verdant orchards and dairy farms before coming back to the school.
Muhammad Bakhtiar said the event was in line with the state’s cleaner and greener initiatives.
It was jointly organised by Flex, a multinational technological solutions company, the school and his ministry.
“We always support events of such nature,” he said.
Speaking about a previous event, he said they had carried out plogging, a combination of jogging and collecting rubbish along the way, from Pulau Betong to Pasir Panjang.
“The participants managed to collect a few hundred kilograms of rubbish which is mostly plastic.
“Plastic is harmful to the environment, especially to the fishes in the sea,” he said at the recent cycling outing.
He said they would promote eco-tourism in Balik Pulau that is surrounded by lush greeneries.
“We have clusters of homestays in Jalan Baru and Pulau Betong.
“It’s a nice place to cycle here because there are fewer vehicles on the roads.
“We are working out a nice package where you can take a boat from Kuala Sungai Pinang to Pantai Kerachut, Teluk Kampi, where you get to see red eagles and sea eagles.
“Bird lovers, please take note. This is your ideal trip, and it is very much similar like watching the red eagles in Pulau Langkawi,” he said.
Flex Penang (Batu Kawan) R&D senior director Neoh Hock Soon said the company was proud to organise the cycling event in collaboration with the school and the ministry.
“We are committed to protect the environment, conserve energy and natural resources, and prevent pollution by applying appropriate management practices and technology.
“Our environmental management approach is intended to make all aspects of our business environmentally responsible and to avoid negative impacts,” he said.
Neoh also presented RM4,000 to the school received by its principal Rosli Ibrahim.
Also present at the event were the ministry’s Penang director Jonathan Freddy P. Bagang and Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A.A. Anbalagan.