Tuesday, December 23, 2008

EM joins bandwagon in caring for environs

Wednesday December 3, 2008

JOHOR BARU: The use of Effective Microorganism (EM) technology is producing positive results for the environment at minimal cost.

Many residents are using the technology introduced by the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) and more are taking interest due to the encouraging outcome.

Mayor Datuk Mohd Naim Nasir said he was proud the EM programme had created optimism in various parties, especially community associations.

Better method: Mohd Naim (left) and Wong (second from left) pouring EM into the Taman Seri Austin oxidation pond during the programme’s launch in Johor Baru recently.

“Not only are community associations embracing it, some non-profit organisations and private companies are active in it as well.

“I am confident, in the long run, the programme will lessen our dependence on our limited natural resources and prevent pollution,” he said at the launch of the EM Technology Application Programme in Taman Seri Austin here recently.

Mohd Naim stressed that more parties, especially the private sector, should work with the city council to instil the use of EM technology.

During the launch, Mohd Naim and 20 employees of Austin Heights developer, Dynasty View, poured EM into an oxidation pond.

“It is to treat the waste and lessen the odour permeating from the sewage plant,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dynasty View general manager Wong Kuen Kong said his company was attracted to EM as it was effective in maintaining cleanliness.

“As a housing developer, it is our responsibility to take care for the environment and not just push the burden onto the city council.

“Our company will initially use EM as an alternative material in treating waste plants and later broaden its use in the whole Seri Austin housing area,” he said.

Wong said his company would use EM to produce fertiliser from solid domestic waste.

“We are hopping on the EM bandwagon because of the city council’s informative briefings on its advantages,” he said.

The city council has used EM at 14 waste treatment plants in its zones and produced positive effects such as clearer water and a decrease in odour.


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