NIBONG TEBAL: IT was a smelly and muddy affair planting saplings in the mangrove swamps of Nibong Tebal, but a group of adults and children here did not mind getting dirty.
They put on their rubber boots and gloves, and braved the mud and the rotten egg-like smell to do their part for the environment during a mangrove tour recently.
After the hard work, the group of more than 40 people, including expatriates, took a five-kilometre cruise along Sungai Kerian to watch fireflies in the night.
The trip was organised by the Little Penang Street Market.
It was aimed at promoting nature conservation and awareness that mangrove swamps protect the shoreline from storms and tidal waves by reducing the speed and height of the waves and floodwaters.
The idea of touring the mangrove swamp and planting saplings was mooted at a Japanese charity kizuna (friendship bond) event in March, which was held to thank Malaysians for their generosity during the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan last year.
An RM2,000 donation was also given to the Penang Inshore Fishermen's Welfare Association during the outing.