KOTA KINABALU: Community service programme to clean the beach area organized by Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) at Pantai Teluk Likas received a positive response from volunteers, with the participation of students from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) Kota Kinabalu, 40 participants from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Navy, and 40 DBKK employees.
The programme was officiated by the Deputy Director General of Operation DBKK, Joannes Solidau who was represented Kota Kinabalu Governor, Datuk Abidin Madingkir.
Unitar students when met at the programme were excited for able to participate with the activity which started at 9.00am to 10.30am.
One student majoring in Tourism Hospitality and Management, Willbrord Thimothy Tappa, 25, said the activity can cultivate beach cleanliness awareness, and educate the public to keep their beaches well-kept.
According to him, he is glad that he can contribute through the activity together with foreigners from other countries who are concerned with beach cleanliness.
“Activity like this must become an example and to be followed by the young generations especially IPTA and IPTS students; and create a mentality where cleanliness and community services as part of their culture,” he said.
He added that he joined the programme thanks to information from Youth Prep Centre Alamesra, and he spread the information to his colleagues so that more people are aware with the programme.
“I hope there will be more involvement from the young generation in doing this kind of community service activity which is a good as part of our culture.
“I also hope that the society will change their habit of throwing rubbishes everywhere which makes the beach area dirty. Beach cleanliness is our responsibility,” he said. – SayangSabah