THE “Bersih Pantai Ramadan” programme is being held to clean up five tourist beaches in Marang, Terengganu tourism, culture and digital technology committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said.
He said the gotong-royong programme, organised by the Marang District Office in collaboration with the Village Development and Security Committee (JPKK), was to clean the beaches of rubbish, including plastic bottles, broken glass and wood that had washed ashore.
The series will continue at Pantai Pulau Kekabu on May 3 and Pantai Jambu Bongkok on May 7, following clean-ups at three other beaches.
The programme started on April 15 at Pantai Rhu Renggeh in Rusila before covering Pantai Angin Berbisik, Merchang (April 23) and Pantai Kelulut (April 27).
“The state government hopes this initiative can be emulated by other districts so that the cleanliness of the 244-km stretch of beach in Terengganu is always maintained for the comfort of tourists, ” said Ariffin.
Marang District officer Tun Ahmad Faisal Tun Abdul Razak said the programme was aimed at educating the locals to prioritise cleanliness and not to make Ramadan an excuse for neglecting beach cleanliness.
He said about 40 people had participated in the programme
When met, several participants said such activities should be shouldered as a social responsibility by the community.
Mohd Azimi Mohd Delana, 18, said he participated in the programme with his eight friends after being invited by a Kampung Baru JPKK member.
Marzuki Ismail, 60, said the programme needed to be expanded because clean beaches and other tourist sites would help to bring in more visitors who want to experience Marang’s attractions.
He also expressed appreciation to the organisers for lighting up about 80 torches and oil lamps to liven up the gotong-royong event. — Bernama