Making Mersing clean again

A beach in Mersing littered with rubbish. The photo was shared on Sultan Ibrahim’s official Facebook page.

ALL related agencies and the authorities will do their part to restore the image of Mersing district which has been plagued by littering problems, especially in tourist spots.

Mersing district officer Mohd Radzi Mohd Amin said action would be taken to resolve the problem, following the disappointment expressed by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar over the attitude of some in the district who have neglected its cleanliness and created an eyesore in several public places.

“The statement made by Sultan Ibrahim reflects his concern for the district.

“As such, I have instructed the departments involved to act and address the issue immediately.

“However, the community must be made aware that they need to change their attitude on cleanliness and stop littering to keep this district clean and beautiful, ” he said in a statement.

Mohd Radzi said since his appointment as Mersing district officer on Nov 22, he had drafted several plans in an effort to maximise the district’s potential, including introducing the slogans “Mersing Kesayangan Kita” and “Amazing Mersing”.

Mersing district council president Norazmi Amir Hamzah, in a separate statement, said his team had always maintained close rapport with the relevant agencies, including SWM Environment, Solid Waste Management & Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp), the district office as well as the Irrigation and Drainage Department in maintaining cleanliness and managing waste.

“In addition, we also encourage the public to participate in clean-up activities, and I thank all those who have contributed and joined us in our efforts to clean and beautify Mersing’s beaches and surrounding islands.

Norazmi said the Mersing Ecology and Environment Team programme was also being implemented under the Sustainable Travel Mersing Destination Coordination Group to create awareness among students about the importance of caring for the environment.

Sultan Ibrahim, through a statement uploaded on his official Facebook page, said Mersing, which was rich in natural beauty, was an international tourist attraction.

In expressing his displeasure over the littering problem, he said Mersing should emulate Muar, which had received the Cleanest Asean Tourism City title in 2018.

“Mersing has great potential for further development in the eco- tourism sector and it is also the main gateway to the surrounding tourist islands.

“I have many ideas to attract investment and bring progress to Mersing but the people must play a role in maintaining cleanliness here.

“No one wants to visit a dirty place, ” he said and urged local authorities to take stern action to ensure a clean environment.

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