Aug 09

The water condition at the waterway behind the houses of Tingkat Bukit Minyak 5, Taman Bukit Minyak remained polluted and turned greenish and smelly. A nearby resident, Mr Kenny Chua has complained that the water along this waterway from “WL” tyre shop up to the school area appeared to be water logged and not flowing. He has noticed that the water conditions turned worse lately and he urged the relevant authorities to look into this problem seriously and take remedial actions to improve its water quality.

Below are some photos taken on 9th August 2010.

General view of the waterway behind the houses along Tingkat Bukit Minyak 5

Close up view of the water conditions

Another close up view of the water conditions

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Jun 28

Pusat Sumber Alam Sekitar SPT has conducted its second session water health check programme on 27.6.2010 at three water spots in central Seberang Perai to monitor the water quality. The first session was carried out on 21.3.2010.

The highlights of the activity as well as the water testing results are as follows:-

Group Photo with ADUN Padang Lallang YB Michael Tan, MPSP Councillor Mr Oon Neow Aun, Encik Ghani from Jabatan Perpaduan & Integrasi Nasional SPT, Committee Chairman Mr Ng Tho Heng, committee members and participants.

Group 1 participants at Site 1 –End of Parit 4/ Iretex Factory, near Juru Auto City

General View of waterway at End of  Parit 4 behind  Iretex Factory, near Juru Auto City

Another View of waterway  End of  Parit 4 behind  Iretex Factory, near Juru Auto City

Close up View of the waterway as at 27.6.2010

Conducting water quality testing using the test kit on the sample water collected..

Result of River Water Quality Testing on 27-6-2010

Compared to our first site visit three months ago on 21.3.2010, there was general improvements on the physical conditions , the previously red earth service road leading to the site has now been laid with laterite, there was fewer trapped rubbish, bushes and wild vegetation near the banks of waterway has been cut.

Overall, the physical condition of the waterway and its water quality at Site 1 has improved slightly…

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Nov 11

Whilst we welcome JPS Penang State Director Haji Hanapi Mohamad Noor ’s statement
(The Starmetro 6 November 2009) that Sungai Juru water quality has improved and Sungai Juru is out of the polluted list under the Environment Quality Report 2008 prepared by the Department of Environment, we feel that there are still rooms for improvements for Sungai Juru.

Although plans to revive the rivers are on track, we continue to urge to relevant authorities to take heed of the issues and problems highlighted in the Memorandum submitted to the Penang State Government by Friends of Sungai Juru last year as well as recommendations for improving sungai juru by Dr Edlic Sathiamurthy. There is a need to vigilantly monitoring the water quality of the river from any possible source of water pollution and preserving the eco system of the entire Sungai Juru basin area to ensure that the objective of improving the water quality to Class II status can be achieved by year 2015. Is it still possible or rather would it be too high an expectation if our waterways and rivers can look like the waterways below ?

Waterway as seen from the library of Shibaura Institute of Technology (芝浦工業大学 Shibaura Kōgyō Daigaku), Tokyo, Japan

Waterway along Hibiya Park near the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

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Oct 31

Japan is a developed country that practise good system of recycling. Read more Recycling in Japan..There are some aspects of good practice of waste recycling that Malaysians can learn.. In the past, the Malaysian government has spent millions to promote recycling campaign and initiatives through television and various media but achieved little success..

Here are some snapshots of recycling bins in Tokyo, Japan..

Special waste bin is provided for pet owners to throw their pet droppings. Their walkways and parks are very clean and free of dog or cat shits.!!!

Below is a flush system that comes with a water tap for conserving water..

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Aug 09

EM Mud balls throwing session on 8th August 2009.

View of the ready mud balls

View of a tributary of Sungai Juru at the back of Juru Auto City.

Location map of Sungai Juru@ Auto City

The Juru Auto City has organised a EM Mud Ball-Making Contest on July 27.

Under the recent “A Million Apologies to Mother Earth” bio-remedial campaign launched by the Penang State Government, the state aimed to produce one million mudballs to clean up Penang’s rivers.

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Feb 18

Satu program pelancaran rawatan kualiti air sungai telah dijalankan di Parit 4, Desa Damai pada 15/2/2009. Program yang dianjurkan oleh kumpulan JCI Kulim bersama dengan MPSP adalah aktitivi susulan program membuat EM Mud balls yang telah dijalankan pada bulan lepas.

Dalam program ini, sebanyak 600 EM mud balls telah dimasukkan ke dalam Parit 4 dan proses ini akan dijalankan di tempat yang sama setiap bulan. Kajian air sungai akan diadakan untuk menentukan tahap kebersihan kualiti air tersebut.

Liputan akhbar  atas program ini di The Star Saving River with 600 mud balls pada 26.3.09

Lokasi Parit 4

Sekumpulan pelajar bersama dengan Adun Tanjung Bungah mewakili EXCO YB Chow Kon Yew, Adun Padang Lallang dan YDP MPSP…

EM Mud Balls dibuang / dimasukkan ke dalam Parit 4, Desa Damai

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Jan 30

Sekumpulan pelajar USM yang mengikuti khusus ilmu kemanusiaan tahun ke 3 telah mengadakan lawatan dan kajian ke Empangan Sungai Juru pada petang 23hb Jan 2009. Sempena lawatan tersebut, saya telah mencatitkan keadaan fizikal terbaru sekeliling Empangan Sungai Juru seperti berikut :-

a) Didapati tebing Sungai Juru di kawasan Rekreasi Sungai Juru kini dalam keadaan yang lebih kemas dan bersih dari sampah sarap.

b) Permukaan air sungai juga didapati ADA KEMAJUAN dan kerja pembersihan sampah permukaan di bahagian perangkap LOCK BOOM  telah dilakukan dengan lebih kerap lagi. Bau Busuk air sungai telah juga banyak berkurangan.

c) Pembinaan bangunan pejabat untuk JPS Daerah Seberang Perai masih diteruskan dan hampir siap.

Friends of Sungai Juru mengucapkan syabas kepada usaha dan tindakan yang telah dan sedang di ambil oleh JPS Pulau Pinang dan pihak kontraktor yang terlibat agar usaha ini dapat diteruskan dan dipertingkatkan lagi BAGI MENJADIKAN KAWASAN EMPANGAN SUNGAI JURU SEBAGAI SATU TEMPAT REKREASI DAN TEMPAT MEMANCING IKAN PADA HUJUNG MINGGU.

Sungai Juru Dam is in better shape and cleaner now compared to its polluted conditions 1-2 years ago.

lawatan pelajar USM ke Sungai juru

Lawatan pelajar USM ke Sungai juru, Dari kini - Nor Ain Bt Hussein, Noor Aishah Bt Abu Bakar, Rohana Bt Hussin dan Fatimah Bt Hussain

Pandangan Empangan Sungai juru dari titi gantung

Pandangan Empangan Sungai juru dari titi gantung, Rumah di bahagian belakang adalah Taman Titi Panjang

Pandangan Sungai Juru. Perangkap sampah nampak kemas dan tiada banyak sampah

Pandangan Sungai Juru. Perangkap sampah nampak kemas dan tiada banyak sampah

Pembinaan pejabat JPS Daerah Seberang Perai hampir siap

Pembinaan pejabat JPS Daerah Seberang Perai hampir siap

Satu lagi gambir bangunan pejabat JPS Dearah Seberang Perai Tengah

Satu lagi gambir bangunan pejabat JPS Dearah Seberang Perai Tengah

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Jan 12

I posted this blog at Star’s Citizen blog on 4th Jan 2009. This blog was partly published in the print copy of the  Sunday Star on 11th Jan 2009 :

Continue reading here ..

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Jan 04

The making of EM Mud Balls with members of JCI Kulim is one of the environment conservation programs initiated by LA21 MPSP and launched by YDP of MPSP Encik Farizan Darus together with MPSP councillors Oon and Soon at the front foyer of Dewan MPSP, Jalan Betek, BM on 4/1/2009. The Program was attended by more than 40 participants of mostly members of JCI Kulim.

MPSP officer Mr Chew Eng Seng gave a short briefing on how to produce EM mud balls. The mud balls are make of EM liquid, rice husk and clay soil (content ratio 3 litre, 1 kilo and 2 kilo). Each cubic meter of EM is capable of producing 2,000 Mud balls with each ball costing less than 4 cents. The process of making mud balls is simple yet meaningful, everybody, regardless of young and old,  and students are encouraged to learn this new skills.

What is EM ??

E.M. is an abbreviation for EFFECTIVE MICROORGANISMS Microorganisms are tiny units of life that are too small to be seen with the naked eye and they exist everywhere in nature. Microorganisms are crucial for maintaining the ecological balance. They carry out chemical processes that make it possible for all other organisms including humans to live. There are friendly guys of the microbial worlds known as beneficial microorganisms and a not so friendly group called pathogens that are harmful and capable of producing disease, decay and pollution. Learn more here on EM and What is EM?

The EM Mud balls are useful as one of the environmental solutions towards reducing water pollutants and thus improving water quality in our rivers and drains. The fermentation emitted from the mud balls will alleviate or destroy the ammonia nitrogen found in human effluents and sewerage leakages into the water system. These mud balls will be drop at Parit 4 near Desa Damai Bukit Mertajam which is a very seriously polluted waterway. The exercise will be carried out every 4 months.

Any NGOs and groups who are keen to learn on how to make EM Mud Balls can contact Mr Chew Eng Seng of MPSP at +6012 4779330. Here the snapshots of the programme launched by YDP MPSP and photos on how to make EM Mud Balls.


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Jan 02

I welcomed the visit of Japanese NGOs to Penang who were here to carry out a research study on Penang environment. One of their schedule visit was focusing on rivers pollution in Penang as well as our activities by Friends of Sungai Juru. The visit was arranged by Tokyo–based Dr Tan Chee Knee, GEIC Project Coordinator of United Nations Universitiy.

Meeting up with Japanese NGO, Dr Kawabe Midori, Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology and Inoue Reiko, PARC Interpeoples’ Corporation, Koike Natsumi, Pacific Asia Resource Center and Dr Tan.

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