Green treasure hunt to promote the use of public transport – NST

NST 19 July 2010 Rizuwan Zaini

Elizabeth Wong  flagging off the treasure hunt contestants.

Elizabeth Wong flagging off the treasure hunt contestants.

KUALA LUMPUR: About 180 people in groups of four had a mind-boggling day as they found anwers to clues to win prizes in The Malaysian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (Mengo) Green Hunt, recently. Mengo is a network of 20 civil society organisations working on sustainable development and environmental protection and conservation.

Before flagging off the contestants, Selangor exco for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment, Elizabeth Wong, said she hoped everybody will start protecting the environment and the hunt will further raise awareness of conserving the earth. The green-themed treasure hunt focused on sustainable transport and the low ecological footprint of the event with near zero-waste production. Participants had to take the KL monorail from the starting point at SK Methodist Girl School, followed by the Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT), STAR Light Rail Transit (LRT) and walk all the way from KL Sentral back to the starting point to finish the hunt.

Nurkhadijah Jamaludin, one of the 20 contestants from Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) said she enjoyed her first treasure hunt tremendously, and was surprised at how convenient it was to travel by public transport.  Mengo’s message is the importance of public transport usage as it helps to reduce emissions from motorised vehicles which increases the effect of global warming.  All materials used for the hunt and at the event were recycled or consumables with eco/biodegradable packaging with reduction in the use of plastics to minimise waste production.

The Nutty Gang won the treasure hunt, walking off with RM3,000. Group leader Liew Kok Seng said he was overjoyed. His team lost last year.  The event was sponsored by Shell Malaysia, Syabas, Frangipani Hotel, Leighton Contractors Malaysia, Permanis and Celebrity Fitness. – By Rizuwan Zaini

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