As you may have seen on my Instagram page, I’ve had the greatest opportunity to get involved in a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programme called “Water For Life”. This programme was developed by PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) to strengthen their position as a responsible corporate citizen amongst Malaysians.. “Water For Life” was initiated in 2013 in collaboration with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and is targeted to provide villagers with access to uninterrupted clean water supply.
Being privileged and living in the city, we tend to take advantage of having clean water and when water is low or even cut for a few hours, we freak out.. Imagine living in a small village where water comes from the actual source and maintenance may be minimal but hard work and needed to be done by yourself.. We (city people) for instance have people doing it all for us and we done see how all of these things can affect our lives..
Now in their 4th year, PETRONAS, MNS and volunteers (including me) got together and set out to Dungun, Terengganu to help restore the water infrastructure to over 150 families in both Kampung Jongok Batu and Kampung Belimbing.
Me, coming all the way from Pulau Perhentian assumed that the trip to Dungun would only take me about an hour and a half but little did I know, it took almost 4 HOURS!!! Of course it would when your taxi driver drives 80km/h at average.. -_-
Talk about assumptions, being on the island, internet has been pretty crap.. (hence why there hasn’t been much going on here) I ASSUMED this would be a “look pretty” kinda trip and thought to myself that I would need to buy a little bit of makeup once I find a pharmacy or something to look the part.. The day I left, when I got to the mainland and I finally got some 3G DATAAAAAAAA, I finally checked the attachment in my email only to find out that the event was to bring clean water to villagers but just not the way I imagined it to be.. so forget pretty clothes and makeup, I needed to gets me some cheap sneakers and track pants!!!
But Alhamdulillah I got there safe and sound.. and just in time to meet up with the rest of the group whom had arrived from KL only 20 minutes later..
After an evening of good food and getting to know each other, we all head to bed to prepare ourselves for the next day.. oh.. and guess who one of my roommates was….. the cutie pie faafirds… such a sweetie she is..
Anyways…. In my new sneakers and all (ewah!), after breakfast, we hopped on the bus and set out to Kampung Jongok Batu which was about an hour away.. It was a beautiful drive, so scenic, so much character..
Finally we arrived at the village where we were welcomed by the community.. We were served nasi lemak for breakfast which was nice of them to prepare for us and then the briefing programme began.. It was amazing to discover that the waterfall which provides the water to both these kampungs is one of the tallest waterfalls in South East Asia!!! Not only that but Hutan Lipur Chemerong is the home to the oldest and tallest pokok chenggal (hardwood tree)!
After the briefing, we were given the option to either go to the dam or to stay back in the village and help with giving school children new school bags and stationary sets and to also help with installing new water tanks to 35 homes.
I opted to help with cleaning the dam. We then set off to the Chemerong waterfall at Hutan Lipur Chemerong.
We hiked about 20 minutes into the jungle to make our way to the dam. It was an off-road kinda track and pretty slippery as it had just rained.. We got to the dam and immediately got into the water and started working. Clearing out the leaves and branches was the easy part, the tough one was getting all the sand out of the water..
With the help of PETRONAS, MNS and also people of the villagers, we worked together digging up sand and rocks from the dam into sacks and barrels, it was hard work but of course there was lots of fun and laughter too!
It was a good feeling having been able to help out with this programme. The smiles on everyone’s faces, the unspoken teamwork achieved, the feeling of satisfaction after completion of our task.. It was a great initiative and I’m so glad I was a part of it. It would have been great for my girls to come join us too so that they could actually see and understand the importance of clean water and why we should conserve it and be grateful for the clean water we are provided in the city and also here at Perhentian.
To be up-to-date with PETRONAS’ latest activities, you can follow @PETRONASBrands on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or download the PETRONAS Pitstop App on App store for iOS and Play store for Android. You can also find out more on their website at www.mymesra.com.my!
Thank you to PETRONAS and the Malaysian Nature Society for all the hard work and for this amazing opportunity… inshaAllah we’ll work together more…
Love & Peace