Soka Gakkai Malaysia Members Launch Mud Balls for the Environment
Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members converged at the Sungai Keluang River in Penang State for the launch of "A Million Apologies to Mother Earth." The event included some 20,000 effective microorganism (EM) mud balls being thrown into the river in the town of Bayan Lepas as part of an effort to achieve a "Cleaner, Greener Penang." The mud balls are made of disease-suppressing microorganisms that help degrade pollutants in rivers, making them less murky and smelly.
Some 2,000 people attended the two-hour event and hundreds took part in launching mud balls into the river. Certificates of appreciation were presented to SGM and other nongovernmental and government organizations that participated.
The project was originated in 2009 by the Penang State Economic Planning Unit as part of the state government's efforts to protect and preserve the environment. This year, the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) sponsored the event.
PDC General Manager Datuk Rosli Jaafar said that Sungai Keluang was chosen as the site of the EM mud ball launch because the river runs through both industrial and residential areas.
On July 24, two weeks before the launching event, SGM Penang members gathered at Penang Youth Park to make 10,000 EM mud balls.
[Adapted from an article in the October 2010, issue of Cosmic, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photo courtesy of SGM]