KOTA KINABALU: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) here has teamed up with a bio-tech company an processing company and the Karamunsing shopping mall to help reduce the stench and pollution from a sewerage plant in Likas.
Since Feb 15, the NGO - To Earth With Love (TEWL) - and its two partners have been pouring effective micro-organism (EM) solutions into the drains where sewage has been leaking into.
It said this was a short-term measure against the problem.
"We know that if we only depend on the government to do its job, people in this area will suffer from the smell, so we decided to help out," said TEWL chairman Deric Chiew.
He said the EM solutions helped to reduce the stench and caused the dark water to appear "cleaner".
EM contains micro-organisms that are crucial for maintaining ecological balance as they carry out chemical processes that fight off harmful microorganisms called pathogens.
Chiew said they had spoken to government officials, including the mayor, on this method of protecting the environment.
"We are not sure if the government would be interested to use this method while they carry out repair works on the faulty pipes and sewer plant.
"We are still waiting for a positive response from them," he said.
In the meantime, he said they would continue helping out until their funds ran out.
"However, we are fund-sourcing as well to make sure that this programme will continue and our efforts will bear the results we want," Chiew said.
Likas assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt said he was aware of the effort but he had yet to sit down with the individuals involved to learn more about it.
"From what I was told, the programme is getting some positive results," he said.
He said repair works had started on the faulty pipes and sewerage plant but it would take time due to fund constraints.
"We are doing the best we can to help tackle the problem," he said.
The Likas Bay covers a stretch of jogging and cycling track, as well as playgrounds for children and families to hang out.
Various government offices and buildings are also located nearby whereas thousands of residents live near the area.