Bandar Seri Begawan – The people of the country’s iconic Kampong Ayer are steadily becoming more aware of the importance of keeping the national heritage clean in the wake of a significant campaign spearheaded by the country’s future leaders.
In its third cycle since being introduced last year, the Student Community Outreach Team’s (SCOT) Green Xchange initiative is showing no signs of halting following yesterday’s successful recycle-for-commodities movement in Kampong Setia W and Kampong Setia ‘B’.
Totalling to 3831.15 kilogrammes in waste that can either be reduced, reused or recycled, the people of the two areas were seen gathering and piling plastic, paper, aluminium and steel within the Perdana Wangsa Haji Mohammad Mosque’s compound where, in exchange, they were provided with 1.5 kilogrammes of paddy for recyclable material worth BSI.
Participated by approximately 200 students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Institut Teknologi Brunei, Jerudong International School, Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, Maktab Duli and Brunei Polytechnic, the ‘Go Green’ movement first took shape in June this year, where students carried out extensive awareness campaign and held meetings with the area’s respective Penghulus, village heads as well as residents.
Lauding the efforts by the students, Acting Dean of Students for UBD, Sendi Anak Batu in her remarks stated that the exchange does not only encourage the culture of recycling and assisting families of low income backgrounds to receive sustenance, “it also promotes the act of volunteerism among the youth”.
Event chairperson for the event, Zuratul Nadhirah Zulkifli, meanwhile, explained that with the development of a more conscientious community, the people of Kampong Ayer are also able to experience living in a much cleaner environment.
The Green Xchange was set up in association with Avelife Foundation Singapore along with TelBru as the main sponsor, as well as Mr Baker.
—Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
Author: Siti Hajar taken from Borneo Bulletin
Published Date: 2 July 2012