ONLINE: Brewery releases three local species into Sungai Way

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 April 2012 - GAB Foundation celebrated World Water Day last Saturday by releasing three local fish species into Sungai Way.

Brewery releases three local species into Sungai Way

The initiative marks another milestone for GAB Foundation’s river rehabilitation efforts, as the Sungai Way river was once too polluted for any form of marine life.

Over the past three years, GAB Foundation, through its W.A.T.E.R Project (Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation), had worked very closely with an NGO called the Global Environment Centre (GEC), the community and government agencies to improve the water quality of Sungai Way.

Today, the river which once had a Class IV-V water quality rating (extremely polluted) is now classified as Class III (suitable for living organisms).

Despite the hot sun, community members and children of Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB) employees were not deterred and turned up in full force to join GAB managing director and foundation trustee Charles Ireland to release the 30 fish which included catfish, snakeheads and puyu into Sungai Way.

Ireland said, “We are very pleased with the results achieved through GAB Foundation’s W.A.T.E.R Project. We hope through the releasing of the fish, we are sending out a strong message that with the involvement of the community and government agencies, we can have clean rivers where fish are able to thrive in.”

Besides the release of fish, GAB Foundation also organised a World Water Day mini carnival for GAB employees.

The carnival, held at the foundation’s W.A.T.E.R Project river cabin in Taman Desa Ria, Petaling Jaya, included water conservation- themed storytelling, water quality monitoring activities, an up-cycling workshop and garbage enzyme- making demonstrations.