First of all, allow us to introduce ourselves. We are from Sampah Masyarakat, a volunteer group that focuses on attitudinal change towards environmental consciousness. This multi racial, non political all volunteer movement was the first initiative in the country to lead massive clean ups.
The idea to launch a public cleanliness campaign, which practices lead-by-example, took root in 2008. Now in our 4th year, we have been cleaning up Batu Caves after Thaipusam and the Mahavihara after Wesak Day every year since 2009. We design the effort as to enable the community to work hand in hand with the local authorities and the general public to reduce litter and waste through segregation at the point of throwing. This also creates awareness and importance on the environment when it comes to recycling. The public must understand that the cleanliness of our environment is a shared responsibility, not just of the authorities.
The collected recyclables are audited and the cash converted is channeled back organizations such as schools, orphanage or old folks home, which are actively involved in environmental efforts.
This year we will be cleaning Jalan Kebun Bunga on Thaipusam day, 7th February from 7am to 7pm and are very much in need of volunteers. Volunteers will be provided with tools and equipment and best of all, they go back with a renewed spirit.
The event is also endorsed by Penang State Government and Penang Hindu Endowment Board.
The Facebook Group Page can be found here.
Some pictures from the previous clean ups can be viewed on our Facebook page.
For volunteers from KL, we have a chartered bus with this schedule
Meeting point - Brickfields Mahavihara
Depart KUL Mon (6/2) at 9pm
Arrive PEN Tue (7/2) at 2am
Depart PEN Tue (7/2) at 10pm
Arrive KUL Wed (8/2) at 3am