October 27 , 2002

Batu Ferringhi Beach Clean-Up Earns Mention In Book Of Records

PENANG, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- The Penang Government's initiatives to bring back the "Pearl of the Orient" charm to this island and to shed the image of a "dirty state" has bear fruit with the clean-up campaign of the longest beach here earning a mention in the Malaysia Book of Records.
A total of 1,120 people from 25 organisations cleaned up the 19km-long beach stretching from Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah and Tanjong Tokong, a popular tourist belt in Penang.
The Penang's longest beach cleanliness and awareness campaign was launched at the Sunshine Bay in Batu Ferringhi here by the State Local Government, Environment and Traffic Management Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan.
The campaign was jointly initiated by the Penang Government and Penang Swimming Club.
Present was Energy, Communications and Multimedia Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Chia Kwang Chye.
The state government had embarked on a campaign to clean up the beaches and tourists spots after the state of cleanliness in these places came under severe criticism from various quarters, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. -- BERNAMA