Going to town spring cleaning

Ooi Hoay See, 29, Cheah Gim Hooi, 33, Jennifer Wong (don’t wanna tell age) and Loo Jee Chye, 39, scooping up dried leaves during the ‘Spring Cleaning @ George Town World Heritage Site 2011’ campaign.

A MASSIVE clean-up of the George Town heritage area saw some 500 volunteers fanning out to five areas including the historic clan jetties in Weld Quay to give a new look to the places.

The participants of the ‘Spring Cleaning @ George Town World Heritage Site 2011’ campaign began their work earnestly from 9.30am to noon after a briefing session at the Penang Chinese Town Hall.

The campaign organised by the state government was part of the ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang’ initiative and it covered some 4,000 households.

The volunteers were members of non-governmental and charitable organisations as well as residents of the area. Penang Municipal Council employees also gave a helping hand.

They managed to collect a whopping 25 tonnes of garbage which included toilet bowls, chairs, fans, mannequin parts, old newspapers, clothes and shoes.

The participants who donned white T-shirts also swept the area and collected unwanted items from households. They also gave out 5,000 recycling bags.

The event went smoothly with volunteers spotted chatting away happily while sweating under the blazing sun.

Among them were Ooi Hoay See, 29, Cheah Gim Hooi, 33, Jennifer Wong and Loo Jee Chye, 39, who were spotted sweeping the basketball court off Armenian Street.

Wong, who is a resident in the area, lauded the clean-up.

“I hope the state government will organise more such events in the future.

“This way everyone can take part in ensuring that Penang is clean,” she said.

State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow (3rd left) and other volunteers collectes parts of mannequin at Chew Jetty.

Council workers were also seen flushing the drains and turfing the traffic island on Penang Road, among others.

State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said: “There are some challenges to be overcome. The coordination between the departments in the council needs to be improved.”

He said other issues were cars parked illegally along the roadside which hampered cleaning work.

“We caught 70 rats. However, there might be over 7,000 more in the whole of George Town,” he said.

He added that the campaign was also aimed at promoting “My Penang, My Pride” whereby Penangites would have a sense of ownership of the state and city.

“It’s a good start today and I hope this campaign can continue until Penang is cleaner and greener,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that Penangites need to play their role to ensure a cleaner, greener Penang and not just depend on the council and the state.

He also presented certificates to representatives of 13 food premises that received A grades from the council for cleanliness and food hygiene.

Lunch was also served as a reward to the volunteers.

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