KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad (MR D.I.Y.) has collaborated with Hulu Selangor Municipal Council (MPHS) by organising a cleaning programme at Sungai Kedondong in Selangor yesterday.
The retail company, in a statement today, said the programme was part of preparations to welcome visitors back to the nature spot following the lifting of restrictions on outdoor recreational activities.
It said the two-hour cleaning activity involved 80 volunteers, who also performed beautification works on facilities at the recreational area and installed public service signage to remind visitors to keep the area clean.
Apart from MR D.I.Y. and MPHS representatives, the volunteers included personnel from the Forestry Department, Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department, Department of Orang Asli Development, Malaysia Civil Defence Department and Orang Asli community from Kampung Songkok, Selangor, it added.
During the event, MR D.I.Y. Group chairman Datuk Azlan Shah Alias said the company wants to play its part in ensuring local parks, rivers and nature spots are protected for a sustainable future for all Malaysians.
“This starts with educating visitors to keep these areas pristine and leaving as little impact as possible. This is one of several such initiatives we have planned as we head to the year-end school holiday and festive periods,” he said, according to the statement.
He also believes the public would be responsive to the call to keep nature spots clean, citing MR D.I.Y.’s recent success in introducing reusable bags in its stores.
“In just three months – July to September this year – about 120,000 reusable bags were purchased by customers at our stores. This demonstrates that the public is responsive to taking a more sustainable approach to their activities and we look forward to offering more opportunities for them to do so,” said Azlan.
MPHS president Mohd Hasry Nor Mohd said this collaboration with MR D.I.Y. was in accordance with MPHS’ commitment to making Hulu Selangor a low-carbon city by 2030 by implementing sustainable practices.
“Today’s (yesterday) programme was an effort of the council to achieve the 17th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by the United Nations – Partnership for the Goals,” said Mohd Hasry, who hopes the public will share the responsibility of maintaining the cleanliness at Sungai Kedondong.