Saiful talks ecosystem as PD campaign enters second week

Saiful Bukhari mingles with tourists at the Teluk Kemang beach in Port Dickson.

PORT DICKSON: Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan today organised a beach cleanup programme as he marks the first week of his by-election campaign in Port Dickson, a day after his former boss Anwar Ibrahim, seen as the favourite to win the seven-cornered fight, expressed similar concerns for the environment.

Saiful said the programme was one way of showing that he wanted to serve the people, adding that he was not someone who makes promises.

“I don’t want to make promises, so there won’t be a manifesto,” he said today.

At the Telok Kemang beach today, Saiful distributed biodegradable plastic bags to the public, who included foreign tourists, saying it was to show his concern for the ecosystem.

“This programme is aimed at educating the public on the importance of the ecosystem and the sustainability of marine life,” he said

He said there is a need to revamp Port Dickson’s waste management system, adding that its beaches are now polluted.

Yesterday, Anwar, who has made Port Dickson the launchpad for his return to active politics, said he would organise a beach cleanup programme and invited the locals to join him in picking up litter on the beach.

Saiful today said he would work with environmental groups to plant artificial reefs along the coasts.

An artificial reef is a man-made underwater structure built to promote marine life.

“Through these efforts, I am dedicated to return Port Dickson beaches to their glory days.

“This will improve the water quality and at the same time, the ecosystem.”

Saiful said the artificial reefs would be supplied by an NGO free of charge.

“We will only have to pay for logistics to transport them here,” he added.