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Villagers get 3.6 tonnes of chicken in exchange for beach clean-up activity

ANN/THE STAR – Over 400 families and residents of water village in Gaya Island, Malaysia, had fun when they collected trash in exchange for 3.6 tonnes of chicken on Sunday.

The event organised by The Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa aims to encourage the community to keep the environment clean.

Resort chairman Datuk Edward Dagul said, “Since we are both close to the sea, ocean pollution also affects us.

“It also affects the tourism industry in Sabah, so we hope to create awareness of the effects of ocean pollution.”

Dagul said the programme was also part of their corporate social responsibility events series to mark the resort’s 40th anniversary.

“This programme is one of the six events organised in conjunction with our 40th anniversary,” he said.

“Each activity is related to either community or environment. Being a certified green hotel, we want to encourage the community to be kind and keep the environment clean,” he added. The event, which started around 8.30am, saw islanders from Kampong Lobong and Torong Logong collecting over 12 tonnes of plastic waste.

Participants were given one bag of chicken for each bag of plastic trash collected.

Participants during the clean-up. PHOTO: THE STAR
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