Sunday, April 14, 2013

Longest underwater clean-up record set at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

KOTA KINABALU: Astro has successfully set a new Guinesss World Records title for the longest underwater clean up where 134 Astro Kasih volunteer divers completed over 168 consecutive hours of underwater clean up, at 14 dive sites surrounding the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park here from April 6-13.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, representing Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, with Astro chairman Tun Zaki Tun Azmi, yesterday witnessed the Guinesss World Records certification presentation for the longest underwater clean up by Kirsty Bennett, Guinesss World Records Adjudicator to Dato Rohana Rozhan, the Chief Executive Officer of Astro.

The event was also attended by many local and international divers who volunteered for this attempt.

During the attempt, Astro Kasih volunteer divers from Malaysia as well as France, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Lithuania, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the Netherlands conducted a total of 1,120 dives at 224 dive locations surrounding Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

The Astro Kasih volunteer divers collected over three tons of marine debris, including plastic bottles and bags, fishing lines, nets, cans and tires.

Musa congratulated Astro for taking the lead in another exemplary initiative under its CSR arm, Astro Kasih.

“Astro has taken on an active role in creating greater awareness in marine conservation for a beautiful Malaysia. I encourage more companies in Malaysia to play a bigger role in conservation, as it is only through our collective efforts, that we will be able to pass on a beautiful country for our future generation,” he said in his speech delivered by Masidi.

Masidi said: “As we all know, Sabah is famous for its unique, rich and natural habitat. Hence, it is important we all work together, hand-in-hand to promote ecotourism among Malaysians and the international community, to build a clean, sustainable and healthy environment that is free from any pollution”.