Jalan Chamang Clean Up – Happy Malaysia Day!

Sep 16, 2015 | Views: 171

On 16 September 1963, a new federation was formed between Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore. A new agreement, called the Malaysia Agreement 1963, set out the terms and conditions for the individual States to be federated under a new constitution, and into one new nation called Malaysia.

Aptly named “Malaysia Day” or “Hari Malaysia”, in October 2009, the Prime Minister of Malaysia declared 16 September as a public holiday, providing Malaysian citizens the day to celebrate the establishment of the Malaysian federation.

This year, Kechara collaborated with the local municipal council of Bentong (in the state of Pahang) in an event called “Gotong-Royong”. Meaning “cooperation in a community” or “communal helping of one another”, gotong-royong involves activities that benefits the local community, and are carried out by volunteers. The gotong-royong activities held aims to promote a selfless approach, and to create conscious communities – which is coincidentally in line with Kechara Forest Retreat’s motto.

Today (16 September 2015), a mass clean up of Jalan Chamang was carried out by over 170 volunteers. Volunteers from all over Bentong and Kuala Lumpur gathered together at Kechara Forest Retreat at 7.30am to engage in a gotong-royong, which involved picking up litter along an 8 kilometer stretch of road that leads to one of Bentong’s most famous tourist attraction, the Chamang Waterfall (Air Terjun Chamang). The Chamang waterfall is a natural beauty that is protected within a forest reserve, and sees thousands of people visiting every year.

Together with Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Bentong, Komuniti Combi Felda Lurah Bilut, Alam Flora (waste management corporation), SW Corp (solid waste corporation), students from UCSI University, volunteers from NRC11 (Najib Razak Club), staff and volunteers from Jabatan Lanskap (Landscaping Department), staff and volunteers from Jabatan Hutan (Forestry Department), volunteers from Komuniti Combi Felda Lurah Bilut, regular volunteers and staff from Kechara, and various other kind volunteers, it took 2 hours to clean up Jalan Chamang.

There were also many kind sponsors who made this day possible, including:

  • Tawakal (a local restaurant) – sponsored 200 packets of food and drinks for breakfast and lunch
  • Nam Fong Quarry – sponsored 4 canopies, 200 chairs, tables and a sound system
  • KLH (a local hardware store) – sponsored shovels, wheel barrows, masks, gloves and rakes
  • Ah Kin and Ah Tim – sponsored 2 backhoes, and their time and services
  • Ah Pang and Mr Lee – sponsored 4 lorries, and their time and services
  • Jabatan Hutan – sponsored 20 trees, which were planted along Jalan Chamang

We, at Kechara, would like to express our gratitude towards all of the volunteers and sponsors mentioned above for making this day possible. We would also like to express our appreciation towards YDP Mohammad Shahid Bin Ismail for taking the time out from his busy schedule to grace this event.

We would also like to wish everyone a very Happy Malaysia Day! May we continue to work together to positively impact our local community of Bentong, and Malaysia as a nation.

 

Volunteers for Gotong-Royong Hari Malaysia at Kechara Forest Retreat.

 

Volunteers for Gotong-Royong Hari Malaysia at Kechara Forest Retreat.

 

Center table with YDP Mohammad Shahid Bin Ismail (center).

 

Volunteers from Kechara and Alam Flora.

 

Volunteers from Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Bentong.

 

 YDP Mohammad Shahid Bin Ismail giving an opening speech.

 

 YDP Mohammad Shahid Bin Ismail giving an opening speech.

 

Volunteers from various Kechara departments. (left – right) Khoo, Li Kheng, Li Kim, Pamela, Nicholas, Pastor Moh Mei, Albert, Wylfred, Vinnie.

 

Volunteers from Jabatan Hutan and Alam Flora.

 

Volunteer, Betty Wong, from Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Bentong.

 

Head of the Kechara Forest Retreat team, Pastor Henry and YDP Mohammad Shahid Bin Ismail.

Volunteers from Alam Flora.

 

Kind local volunteers from Jabatan Lanskap having their breakfast.

 

All 200 packets of food for breakfast were sponsored by Tawakal.

 

Volunteers from Kechara Soup Kitchen and Kechara Forest Retreat.

 

Many people drove from KL to volunteer today at Kechara Forest Retreat.

 

Volunteers from Kechara.

 

Staff, committee members and regular volunteers from Kechara Soup Kitchen.

 

Students from UCSI also came to volunteer for Malaysia Day.

 

Kechara Young Adults and Kids (YAKs) spent their holiday cleaning up Jalan Chamang.

 

Press from the local newspapers came to participate.

 

Pastor Niral Patel and Patricia Ng from Kechara House and Kechara Saraswati Arts came to volunteer.

 

(left – right) Encik Ruhaizad (Ketua Jabatan Khidmat Masyarakat & Perbandaran) and Encik Faizal (SW Corp) thanking the organizers (Kechara) and explaining the clean up process to the volunteers.

Faizal, representative from SW Corp thanking Kechara for organizing the gotong-royong.

 

Nicholas (Project Director of Kechara Forest Retreat) briefing the volunteers.

 

Nicholas (far right) briefing the volunteers which were split up into 4 groups.

 

Pastor Adeline Woon (right) distributing masks to volunteers.

 

Pastor Jay Jae (left) and Jerry distributing gloves to volunteers.

 

Albert (left) distributing gloves to volunteers.

 

Students from the UCSI University collecting their wheelbarrows and shovels.

 

Kechara YAKs.

 

One of the 4 teams commenced their clean up from Kechara Forest Retreat towards the Chamang waterfall.

 

Picking up any litter found along Jalan Chamang.

 

Using rakes where necessary.

 

Volunteers from all around Bentong and KL alike gather together to celebrate Malaysia Day by participating in a community clean up project.

 

Backhoes were used to pick up litter in large quantities.

 

Lorries were then filled and cleared away.

 

There were 2 main areas which needed support from backhoes.

 

After the litter was cleared, trees were planted in these areas.

 

Four lorries were full by the first hour.

 

We would like to thank the sponsors for the lorries and backhoes for their kind support.

 

Using rakes to reach deeper areas close to the drains.

 

Wheel barrows were used to carry both rubbish and supplies.

 

Including water, as carried by YAK member, Jason.

 

Litter pickers were used to aid removing small pieces of rubbish along the roads.

 

Masks were used for both the haze and handling litter.

Trees being planted where rubbish was once collected at.

Trees being planted individually to prevent rubbish from collecting at certain areas again.

Miss Han, Head of Kechara In-Motion, is here at Kechara Forest Retreat to film the Puja Team as well as volunteer at the gotong-royong.

Youngest volunteer at 2 years-old.

Choong had recently participated in the 2D/1N Inner Peace Retreat. He came today to volunteer in the gotong-royong.

Volunteers from Alam Flora and SW Corp.

Volunteers from various Kechara departments. (left – right) Irene, Lilyn and Patricia.

 

Litter was collected in rubbish bags, which were then later collected by lorries.

 

Completing the final stretch of road.

Carrying supplies back to Kechara Forest Retreat.

Recycle van came round to collect the respective litter.

More trees being planted.

One of the trees planted.

Debriefing just before lunch was served.

Debriefing.

Nicholas Yu, coordinator of the gotong-royong event today.

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