Annual beach clean-up in Mersing to continue until March

Workers from Mersing District Council and Mersing District Office cleaning up the Mersing public beach as part of the coastal clean-up programme.

THE annual Mersing coastal area clean-up will continue until the end of the monsoon season in March, says Mersing District Officer Mohammed Shakib Ali.

It will involve the participation of NGOs, government agencies and the private sector.

Mohammed Shakib said the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation should also have regular waste collection in coastal areas.

“The coastal areas are under the jurisdiction of the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), but we also invited other parties to assist us in this year’s clean-up.

“Usually a lot of rubbish will end up on the beach during and after the monsoon season, which is why we have taken the initiative to start the programme early this year,” he told StarMetro.

He added that most of the rubbish consisted of plastic items.

Mohammed Shakib, who is also the Mersing District Disaster Management chairperson, said the programme was carried out under Section 24 of the National Disaster Management Mechanism in the National Security Council (NSC) Directive No.20.

“Section 24 states that we can conduct clean-up in residential areas and public recreational spaces, including public beaches.”

Clean-up activities were held in Pantai Sekakap, Pantai Mersing, Pantai Tanjung Genting, Pantai Air Papan, Pantai Teluk Buih and Pantai Kampung Teluk Sari.

The agencies involved included DID, Mersing District Council, Malaysia Civil Defence Department, Forestry Department, SWM Environment Sdn Bhd and village action committees.

“Each agency will decide on the frequency of their clean-up programmes and notify the district office first,” said Mohammed Shakib.

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