Pulau Ketam & Sungai Lima – just 45 minutes away from Port Klang by boat is a lovely lovely island to visit. Fresh seafood, bicycle town, laid back life and cheap. A great weekend daytrip visit. Just do a quick google search and you will get various information on how to get there, what to eat and what to do.
Happy thoughts put aside, there is a a BIG issue on the island. These 2 towns are supported by stilts are facing garbage problems. Everyday, truckloads of garbage washed to shores and gets stuck there. The island acts almost like a filter before the river water goes into the ocean. Its not a pleasant sight.
According to Sg Lima “ketua kampung” (village leader), “we are constantly educating our people to keep the island clean but there is only so much we can do. So much rubbish comes in, we cannot cope.”
To reduce the damage any further, we can only do our part as city dwellers. STOP LITTERING. STOP throwing that cigarette butt out of your car window. Try educating your neighborhood hawker stall from throwing food waste into the drains.
Local governments are doing their bit by installing wastewater treatment plants wet markets – identified as one of the main sources of pollution as vendors throw everything from chicken scraps to plastic bags into drains that eventually flow into the river.
The Selangor government has also recently banned development projects near the river to prevent contamination.
(source : News Straits Times, Sept 9 2013)
Slowly but surely, if everyone does their part keeping our river clean, Pulau Ketam and Sungai Lima will be one happy island and one heck of a tourist spot.
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We are interested to hear from anyone who can help / suggest better ideas to this massive garbage problem. Thank You.
This is entry no. 2 fortsbreakaway.my 5 part series.