MIRI: City folk here are taking to the streets to carry out “plogging” - an activity involving jogging to keep fit and at the same time voluntarily collecting rubbish strewn on the streets.
This new and noble activity called “plogging” was jointly organised by numerous civic-minded individuals and some Miri folk who wanted to combine physical exercise and social work.
State assemblyman for Piasau Datuk Sebastian Ting and Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong were among those who went “plogging” recently.
Ting praised the civic-minded folk for their noble initiatives.
“This is a useful yet fun way to help the city council clean up the streets.
“While jogging and walking can keep their body fit and their mind healthy, they also do their part by picking up rubbish that they see.
“They are carrying out their social responsibility as good citizens.
“Keep up the good work,” said Ting.
Blatant rubbish dumping by irresponsible people has made life difficult for city council street cleaners who are working day and night to clean up the streets.
Recently, state assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin called on all Miri folk to play their role in keeping the city clean.
“Stop blaming the city council for the dirty state of affairs in Miri city and play your part in curbing the blatant rubbish dumping.
“That is my advice to residents, traders, shopkeepers, eateries, restaurants, factories and industries in Miri.
“Stop blaming Miri City Council all the time for the waste pollution and rubbish dumping.
“Don’t just criticise the council and the authorities.
“Residents, traders and food business entreprenuers and factories and industry operators must play their role in stopping these dirty habits.
“The city council on its own cannot reduce the waste pollution and rubbish dumping in Miri.
“The people must play their part and stop dumping rubbish.
“This issue of waste pollution caused by irresponsible dumping have been highlighted many times in Miri.
“This city should not be facing such serious problems any more. We can clean up the city if everyone plays their part,” he said.
Lee, who is Senadin assemblyman, said the city of 350,000 people must reflect a clean and healthy image that is expected of a resort city.
“If we want to be a city that is thriving on tourism, we must give top priority to the state of our environment,” he said.
Lee said the state authorities needed the people to play their part in making the cities and towns clean and hygienic.
Retired Miri Hospital director Dr Umah Devi also took part in the plogging.
She is also one of those who go around voluntarily picking up rubbish on the streets and has a group of friends to help her and call themselves “Miri’s litter busters”.