THE first batch of 35 “friends of the park” (Rakan Taman) has been set up in Lebuh Padang Tembak Neighbourhood Park in Ayer Itam.
Penang Island City Council (MBPP) Management Services director Mohamed Akhbar Mustapha, who represented the mayor, said Rakan Taman is a voluntary organisation that encourages the public to maintain and upkeep the beauty and cleanliness of the parks in the neighbourhood.
“Rakan Taman enhances social interaction among the community besides integration between people from different races, culture and background,” he said in his opening speech at the recent event.
Mohamed Akhbar also stressed on the basic principle in waste management by reducing the production of waste through the 5R method which is refuse, recycle, reuse, recycle and recovery.
“The community should play their roles in making sure that the waste is segregated through the 5R concept. They should be aware of the importance of segregating waste items,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai congratulated the 35 volunteers appointed as Rakan Taman.
“It is Pakatan Harapan’s green agenda to create a friendly environment for the people to enjoy and take a break.
“Penangites are blessed with beautiful hills, parks and beaches as places to relax and unwind during the weekends,” he said.
Wong also lauded MBPP for their initiative in the Rakan Taman programme.
“We hope that there will be a community which will take care of the park and lead an active lifestyle here,” he said.
As for the waste segregation programme, Wong said it had been carried out since 2016.
“I think it is a successful programme that creates awareness among the people,” he said.
Also present were councillors Wong Yuee Harng, Connie Tan and Rohaizat Hamid.