RM 800 million to clean up 3 rivers in Batu Ferringhi? Sound like crazy!! i have no idea how RM 800 million can spend for...but it is not a small amount!! Anyway, hope they use it wisely to clean up Batu Ferringhi, my hometown. Basically the main contaminants are from the restaurant wastes (foods waste) which full of oils and grease. All these O & G are being flushed to river without proper treatment or oil separation. With these high organic loading of wastes being dumped into river, sure lah, the fishes and plants can't survive mah. The river near SRJC once used to be crystal clear, now become blackish and smelly. The rubbishes from local folks all dump near the main road with 2 to 3 small rubbish bins. If the rubbishes not collect for more than a day, i am damn very sure that it will throw on the floor. I event complained to the MPPP due to this!!!
I think another main contamiant is from Rumah Setinggan where all the used water being flush to river...... because they do not have a proper system to treat it. So, treatment of river must go deep into kampung to centralize the waste treatment and prevent them from throwing rubbish into rivers too.
In my memory, i think the last carnival was held when i was still in primary school and i still remember that was my happy moment not only for me but also for my dad because he can earned more during that weekend. A lot of "outsider" from Batu Ferringhi would drove all the way to Batu Ferringhi, an area once older generation did not encourage thier children to go to because of windy road.
I event joined the sand castle building competition together with my brother. That was even earlier, maybe age around 5 and a local newspaper published our photo. My mom still keep that paper cutting.
Time to bring back the glory moment of Batu Ferringhi, but 1st of all, clean the place.