Tuesday May 22, 2012
Mud balls to the rescue
By EDWARD R. HENRY
COMMUNITIES living around S2 City Park in Seremban 2 volunteered their time to rehabilitate the lake in the park recently.
Children and adults came together to toss mud balls into the lake in an effort to improve its water quality.
IJM Land Berhad staff and the communities living in the surrounding neighbourhoods rolled up their sleeves to make 1,200 mud balls that gave them an insight into how simple activities could improve their environment.
IJM Land (central region) general manager Hoo Kim See said the programme involving the company’s staff and various neighbourhoods was to create awareness that people could improve their surrounding environment if they put in a little effort.
“For us, this is one of many more green projects to come. We want to use the Effective-Micro-organism (EM) mud balls, as part of IJM’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental initiatives to clean up bodies of water such as rivers and lakes where there are concentrated built-up of sludge and slime,” he said.
Brother and sister Shawn and Sarah Bernard who live in Seremban 2 were thrilled to participate in the activities.
“It’s great that IJM Land is organising this event to improve the lake’s water quality. This will ensure that the smell that emanates from the lake will be reduced during the hot weather,” Shawn said.
Sarah requested that IJM Land organise a tree-planting exercise and that neem trees be planted around the lake and neighbourhood as it was reputed to clean the air.
Hoo said the eco-microbe in the mud balls would promote the growth of beneficial micorganisms in the soil and water which would reduce odours and sludge and, in turn, improve water quality.
On the planting of neem trees Hoo said IJM Land would consider the children’s request.
“We have come a long way in crafting a name for ourselves in terms of CSR and will continue this philanthropic journey towards a sustainable environment for our future generations,” he said.