Friday, June 24, 2011

We at Waterfall Survivors has been cleaning waterfalls since 2009. And there is one thing that I find really disheartening. Signages are always seen at parks, waterfalls, rivers and recreational park where family and friends enjoy their picnic.

Cintailah Sungai Kita, Sila buang sampah ditempat yang disediakan, Di Larang Membuang Sampah Merata-rata, Denda RM500 ... and the list continues. And THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE YOU FIND MOST RUBBISH TOO!!!

Malaysians, aren't you shame on yourself when Tourist comes by at our Recreational Parks, Waterfalls and etc? It is not only going to reflect that Malaysia is a dirty place. It will basically directly reflect on YOU!


OK.. some people will tell me "Hey.. sorry I have not been to school!" So does that mean that you will throw rubbish all over of your home compound? Recently, we have been busy with some education and environmental projects on how we could change the mindset of Malaysian towards littering especially at our beloved waterfalls. While browsing through the web, I found this very interesting article by Tiger which I would love to share with all.

The Malaysian Litter Bug

July 10, 2007 by tigersden

Malaysians in general despite their ‘Pendidikan Moral’ or Moral Education continue to throw rubbish everywhere. Whether it be rivers, ponds, drains, streets, playgrounds, parks, it makes no difference to most Malaysians when it comes to littering. Just last month an incident occurred which left me in awe; I was at the street corner; waiting for a cab. While waiting for a cab; I decided to buy a box drink from the motorcycle vendor. I finish it but as there isn’t any trash can around I squash it and hold onto it until I find a rubbish bin. The cab pulls up, and I get in. The cab driver looks at me, turns to the side and asks me in the most befuddled voice, “Why are you carrying that box? I answer, “Because there isn’t any rubbish can around”. In broken grammar he then replies, No rubbish bin, so? Got floor what…

It’s not that they don’t know it’s wrong, they do. It’s just that they don’t care and they know that they would almost never be caught by an official, and even if caught, they know that throwing rubbish is seen by Malaysian law as such a minor offence that they could easily bribe their way out of it. Some might see littering as nothing much, but littering can set off a chain of events.

For example:

-I throw some rubbish in the drain, it gets clogged, it rains, there’s a flood.

-I throw some rubbish into the river; it contaminates the river killing off the fish and all the other creature’s dependant on the river.

-The rubbish strewn around the park collects water; creating a breeding ground for aedes mosquitos which infects people of the surrounding area.

-Sea creatures get stuck in the 6-pack plastic holder rings and die.

-Etc, etc.

Some also try to justify their actions saying, What they’re throwing is bio-degradable, and it helps fertilize the soil. True, almost everything is biodegradable; but it takes ages. Even items like conventional paper takes 1-5 months to actually biograde and because of mans tampering with these items (the lamination and ink), it leaves toxic traces which are harmful to the soil. Unless it’s stamped with the Biodegradable / Ok Compost mark, it can harm the soil; if in doubt, turn to the rubbish can.

Here’s a list of the length of time required for commonly used products to biodegrade when they are scattered about as litter:

- Cotton rags 1-5 months
- Paper 2-5 months
- Rope 3-14 months
- Orange peels 6 months
- Wool socks 1 to 5 years
- Cigarette butts 1 to 12 years
- Plastic coated paper milk cartons 5 years
- Plastic bags 10 to 20 years
- Leather shoes 25 to 40 years
- Nylon fabric 30 to 40 years
- Tin cans 50 to 100 years
- Aluminum cans 80 to 100 years
- Plastic 6-pack holder rings 450 years
- Glass bottles 1 million years
- Plastic bottles Forever

The mental set of the average Malaysian needs changing; we need better education and understanding of the affects of our litter bug nature.

Waterfalls are beautiful but extremely DANGEROUS. Only attempt with experience guides. Take Nothing but Photographs, Leave Nothing but Footprints

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weekend Getaway at Waterfalls in Lenggong 28-29 May 2011

Waterfalls are beautiful but extremely DANGEROUS. Only attempt with experience guides. Take Nothing but Photographs, Leave Nothing but Footprints

Selangor Heritage Photo Carnival

Come and Visit our Booth at Selangor Heritage Photo Carnival!! A must not miss event this weekend at on the bridge! 

Are you ready for the HOTTEST Photo Carnival on the bridge? 
Mark this day 4th June 2011.
From 10am - 10pm, You're gonna have 12 Hours of NON-STOP Fun…Fun…Fun…. on the bridge over the Klang River. 
Let's join the folks of the Royal Town of Klang in celebrating their heritage!!! 
Enquiries :  email   or   phone  016-715 1703

Heritage Walk Photo Hunt
Heritage Walk Photo Hunt 
Armed with maps, tulips and questions....photographers will "hunt and shoot" their answers in the heritage enclave of the Royal Town, Klang.
Get more information at our event page 

Klang Heritage Puzzle Contest
Klang Heritage Puzzle Contest
Family members team up in pairs to solve jigsaw puzzles that are cut from images of Klang. Teams that solve within the stipulated time will receive tokens of appreciation. 

Children's Colouring Contest
Children’s Colouring Contest
Colouring contest is open to two age groups i.e. 6 yrs & below and 7-10 yrs. Prizes will be provided to entries with the most creative colouring on the sceneries of Klang.  

Clickrrr! Station Game
Clickrrr! Station Game
Participants team up in pairs and race against one another to find/do the answer to the questions. If the team has answered correctly, they will be given the next set of questions to proceed. The faster team with most creative/correct answers stand to win fabulous prizes. 

Kiddy Photography Workshop
Kiddy Photography Workshop
Primary school kids of age 9-12 yrs will learn the simple tricks on composition using compact camera or phone camera. Attractive prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 participants. 

All Rounder Photography Championship
 All Rounder Photography Championship
This championship aims to search for all rounder photographers who are able to capture a wide variety of themes or genres. Participants will be given topics to capture during the whole day event.  

Heritage Walk Tour
 Heritage Walk Tour
Guided tours for visitors to the Klang Heritage Walk. Get in-depth into the history and legends of Klang. 

Photography Exhibition (Heritage & Contemporary)
Photography Exhibition
The first ever photography exhibition held on Jambatan Kota, the heritage of Klang that has more than half a century of history.  Feast your eyes on the heritage and contemporary exhibits. 

Photography Trade Fair
 Photography Trade Fair
Get attractive bargains on photographic equipment and accessories at the trade fair. 

Photographic Societies Gathering
Photographic Societies Gathering
Meet up with the NGOs and photographic societies who have some meaningful causes to share. 

Culture & Art Performances
 Traditional arts and food demo, Cultural Performances, Street Art
Get endless opportunities for photo shoots.  

Family Fun shot
Family Fun-shot Contest
Families visiting the carnival can pose and capture their own fun shot, print it at the counter and paste on the fun board. Prizes will go to the families with the most interesting fun shot. 

Model shot contest
Model Shoot Contest
Hot model shot contest at the Carnival.Come and capture the beautiful model, print it at the counter. Winners will be awarded with attractive prizes.

Spectacular Fireworks over the Klang River
The Grand Finale - Spectacular Fireworks over the Klang River