ALAM AND BELIA PRIHATIN JOIN HANDS TO REHABILITATE PENANG MANGROVE FOREST
In the programme, employees and volunteers came together to plant 500 mangrove saplings, to rehabilitate and protect the mangrove area at Pusat Penyelidikan Kecil Hutan Paya Laut in Nibong Tebal, Penang. Through this initiative, ALAM hopes to promote environmental conservation and bring society’s attention to the urgent need to rehabilitate Malaysia’s mangrove forests. The programme was also organised in support of the Government’s ongoing “100 million tree-planting by 2025” campaign, under its “Penghijauan Malaysia” agenda launched in 2021.
ALAM has set a goal to plant 2,000 mangrove saplings in four locations throughout Peninsular Malaysia this year, with the first mangrove planting programme held at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park on 26 February 2023. ALAM is also actively engaged in various environmental preservation initiatives, including promoting awareness, educating the public, and fostering a whistleblowing culture through partnerships with communities, public entities, and private sectors.
BPMB’s Chief Human Resource Officer, Puan Sainursalwa Sani, said, “This programme is a demonstration of one of BPMB’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pillars, which is about Caring for the Environment. It also aligns with BPMB’s purpose of delivering impact capital for national development – not only does this initiative help the environment in general, it also creates positive impact and long-term benefits for the local communities. Through ALAM, we are pleased to partner with Belia Prihatin, and will continue to play our part in educating the public on the importance of environmental conservation.”
ALAM’s Chief Executive Officer, Puan Wan Faizah Che Din, highlighted that the public needs to be aware of the importance of mangroves in the overall biodiversity. She said, “Studies have shown that mangroves play an important role as a natural barrier against coastline erosion, and mangroves also trap four times more carbon than normal forests. Given the enormous benefits of cultivating mangroves, proper administration and conservation are necessary to ensure its continued existence. We welcome all corporate and government collaborations to address the need to conserve and rehabilitate the wetlands.”
Belia Prihatin’s President, Encik Luqman Hakim Md Zim, added, "We hope everyone plays their role in protecting mangroves, including the youth. Mangrove forests help to ensure Malaysia’s continued healthy biodiversity, by creating a new habitat for wildlife, helping to reduce the impact of climate change and providing a sustainable and long-term seafood supply.”