Wednesday April 20, 2011
All out to nurse dirty river back to health
DEVELOPER IJM Land Berhad has prepared around 14,000 effective micro-organism (EM) mud balls to throw into Sungai Gelugor in Penang, which is now contaminated by pollution and sludge.
Its mud ball team leader Fong Choon Fuoi, said the EM mud balls would be thrown into the river mouth in three phases.
Recently, the first phase took place with 7,000 mud balls being thrown.
“The second and third phases will be conducted three months apart with 3,500 mud balls thrown each time,” he said after leading his team to throw the EM mud balls into the river mouth.
Sungai Gelugor is near The Light Waterfront construction site along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and it con- nects to Sungai Nibong in Batu Uban.
Fong who is also the IJM property development ma- nager, said the company was planning to hold a beach party at the river mouth in six months’ time, as they believed it would then be turned into a beautiful artery.
He said 50 participants comprising IJM employees and their family members took part in the event which took about two hours.
Forty employees showed their enthusiasm in saving the Earth by producing the mud balls under the technical guidance of environmental technology company Team 3.
“They stayed back in the office after working hours to process the mud balls during sessions held last year.
“Some 100 students from SMJK Heng Ee also helped us.
“We also sponsored 500 mud balls to the same school, so they could clean up the small river behind their compound,” Fong said.
Team 3 chairman Tetsuya Sawada who was also present during the event said he was confident that the EM mud balls could break down the river’s contaminated sludge within the next six months.
“Birds and fishes will come back to make the river their ha-bitat when the water is cleaner,” he said.