This programme is one of the national sewerage company’s initiatives to strengthen its relationship with stakeholders, especially the residents in the Pantai Dalam area.
The race was flagged off by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar. Also present was IWK chairman Amiruddin Abdul Aziz.
About 500 attendees comprising IWK staff, Pantai Dalam residents and representatives of agencies under the ministry participated in the event, which also had recreational activities for families at the park.
During the ceremony, Dr Xavier planted a tree to launch IWK’s mini urban forest project known as Khazanah Rimba.
The forest project is situated in Pantai Eco Park, covering 0.4ha.
A variety of 52 forest tree species were identified for cultivation such as Tualang, Gapis, Kempas and Bitangor.
The project was hosted in collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), which evaluated the land in the park as well as identified suitable forest trees.
The Khazanah Rimba project will demonstrate the usage of fertilisers produced after the sewage treatment process in the planting of forest trees.
At the same time, bio-effluent or treated water after the sewage treatment process will be used to grow the forest trees.
IWK chief executive officer Narendran Maniam said the mini urban forest would transform the Pantai Dalam area into a focal point for townspeople to enjoy the lush greenery as it grew.
IWK also handed over donations from staff to needy families to help with their children’s back-to-school expenses.