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Hats off to ‘Litter-free Thaipusam 2016’ campaign


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26:  The Litter Free Thaipusam 2016 campaign in Sri Subramaniar Swamy Devasthanam Temple, Batu Caves, Selangor, was a huge success among the devotees and tourist this year.

The anti-litter campaign, which received fabulous positive reviews and was appreciated by the general public, was organised by the Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association (MPMA) in collaboration with the temple committee and the Hindu Youth Organization (HYO).

MPMA Environment, Safety and Health Executive, Sri Umeswaran said that the campaign received tremendous support from the public, and praises pouring in for their valiant effort.

“This campaign was a success not because of one party, but it was a collaborative effort which allowed us to have an efficient waste management,” he told The Malaysian Times (TMT) today.

“It would have not been possible without the HYO volunteers that were there for 32 hours and helping to bring awareness to the devotees,” Umeswaran said.

The campaign began on January 23 at 10:00 am, when the Silver Chariot is said to arrive at Batu Caves, and ended on January the 24th at 6:00 pm.

This is the second year the Litter Free Thaipusam campaign is being held in support of the National Waste Separation policy which came into effect as of September 2015.

About 400 volunteers were stationed in 30 checkpoints, with 60 bins and all the garbage bags were replaced once it’s full.

Umeswaran said the hard work of the volunteers made their objective a “mission accomplished”, as Batu Caves has never been cleaner post Thaipusam.

Umeswaran said, after two years of having the campaign in Batu Caves, he feels that the anti-littering behavior would have been inculcated for the public to move forward for a cleaner Thaipusam.

“Next year we will probably carry out the campaign in a different temple during Thaipusam,”he said.

“Without the campaign in Batu Caves next year, the community shall look to themselves as to how they may be able to reduce the waste,” he added.

“We can’t blame the product (waste), we have to blame the behavior,” he said.


S.Neera, a kindergarten teacher said that she felt that as she entered Batu Caves, she felt it was very clean and felt that the campaign would bring about a positive change.

“I felt it is very effective compared to last year, this year it is much cleaner.

“They should however create more awareness for next year regarding the litter free Thaipusam campaign,” said the 28 year old.

“It is very clean this year and bravo to the youths that spent their time and energy volunteering,” said M. Suresh, whom came to visit Batu Caves the day after Thaipusam.

“It was a good effort made by the organizers and to have the campaign work out is even bigger achievement,” said a very grateful, V. Kalaivani.

According to the 30-year-old housewife, the HYO volunteers’ were resilient as they continued cleaning and spending their time to clean throughout the night and she was very proud of them.–TMT

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