Malaysian village uses waste to brighten its streets
Recycled Products for Malaysian Village
Often rural fishing villages in Malaysia can be less than appealing. However, such a stigma can no longer be applied to Kampung Seberang Ramai following initiatives taken by its residents in utilising recycled items to make the village more cheerful and clean.
Kampung Tengah Village Development and Security Committee (JPKK) chairman Asri Jad said the villagers would get together every evening to collect waste materials such as plastic bottles, cans and unused tyres that could be recycled into creative handicrafts.
“The idea to use recycled materials is to create a more cheerful and clean environment as well as improve the economic status of the local community,” he said.
This village transformation programme, mooted by the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail two years ago, has brought huge changes to the local community to work together to beautify their residential and surrounding areas.
The programme was launched by the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail in April last year and has been proven successful with areas developed under the programme becoming tourist attractions.
The programme has been carried out in seven villages: Kampung Baru Seberang, Kampung Tandiap, Kampung Hujung Tanjong, Kampung Tengah, Kampung Seberang Alor, Kampung Seberang Jaya and Kampung Pulau Ketam.
Meanwhile, Asri said the creative items produced by villagers to beautify the villages were based on their own creativity, with the villagers themselves paying the cost of the necessary materials.
Since the programme was implemented, he said, it had helped to improve cleanliness in the village, as well as attracting more tourists to the village.
“The village is very much cleaner now and this is possible with the close cooperation of all the villagers, who are mostly fishermen.
“During their free time, or when they are not out at sea, they get together to decorate the village with recycled materials, which they make into creative items,” he added.