MP and state reps clean up Terengganu beach

Visitors complain that rubbish is left strewn indiscriminately on Terengganu beaches, a popular tourist draw. (Bernama pic)

KUALA TERENGGANU: Three local politicians have carried out a clean-up of the beach here, together with members of the public, to foster civic-consciousness.

Terengganu beaches, a popular tourist draw, are often littered with garbage despite rubbish bins being provided.

The local MP, Ahmad Amzad Mohamed Hashim, said the culture of disposing of rubbish on the beach should be rectified as it had not been addressed for a long time.

He and two state assemblymen, Ahmad Shah Mohamed (Bandar) and Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah (Wakaf Mempelam), took the initiative to collect rubbish with members of the public at the beach.

A check on the Kuala Ibai beach by Bernama revealed that some visitors had intentionally left rubbish, including disposable diapers, indiscriminately on the beach even though there were bins provided.

One of the visitors, Nor Akhmar Mohd Dagang, 37, said the lack of concern for maintaining the cleanliness and the environment among local visitors were seen as main contributors for such incidents.

“People come to the beach then leave their rubbish – water bottles, plastic and disposable diapers – indiscriminately, regardless how many more bins will be provided it will make no difference due to poor civic-mindedness,” said Nor Akhmar, a civil servant.

A petty trader Asrol Hisyam Mohd Alias, 37, said that it would be useless if the government provided various facilities and campaigns should parents fail to educate their family members about the responsibility of maintaining cleanliness in public places.