A thousand volunteers to help comb Penang Hill hiking trails for rubbish

Phee (middle, in white) and Cheok (middle, in grey) with representatives from sponsors and other bodies at a press conference to announce the Trash-Free Hill 2019 programme at Komtar.

THE one-day Trash-Free Hill campaign is back again this year.

The event, which aims to clear Penang Hill of all the rubbish, would be carried out with the support of almost a thousand volunteers this time around.

Penang Hill Corporation general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng said the Trash-Free Hill 2019 would begin at one of the eight hiking trails around Penang Hill at 6.30am on Sept 29.

“The remaining seven trails will all begin at 7.30am and end at Dataran, near the Penang Hill Upper Station at 1pm,” he said at a press conference with state environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh in Komtar recently.

Cheok said the event was aimed at protecting and preserving Penang Hill and its water catchment areas and to increase public awareness towards the importance of keeping Penang Hill clean.

“The trash retrieved by the hikers will be collected and weighed by Universiti Sains Malaysia personnel and the data would then be analysed to determine how much waste was found as a whole.”

All the volunteers will be provided with T-shirts, drawstring bags, ponchos and buns by the sponsors.

​Cheok urged volunteers to bring their own drinking water ​as bottled water will not be provided in solidarity with the state government’s call for reduction in the use of plastic containers.

Meanwhile, Phee said the state has always supported the event as it also marked the World Clean-up Day.

“We do not believe in penalties and fines for littering. Going up Penang Hill should be a fun-filled activity and creating awareness on littering should be the way,” he said.

To register (only online) for the event, visit www.penanghill.gov.my/TFH2019
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