Tuesday 8 May 2018

Environmental Program by Petrosains Playsmart Johor Bahru

Among the best mountain hiking in Malaysia and the notable story of Puteri Gunung Ledang, our latest program on Environment Day was held at Taman Negara Gunung Ledang, Sagil, on 28th March 2018. Collaborations include Perbadanan Taman Negara Johor (PTNJ), Perbadanan Perpustakaan  Awam Johor (PPAJ), Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Johor (JPNJ) and EM Malaysia Groups. The program received overwhelming participation from SMK Ledang, SMK Sri Tangkak, University Technology Mara Segamat (UITM) and special contributions by staff and volunteers that came all the way from Petrosains KL, through Petrosains Volunteer Community - Sharing from the Heart.

The program was kicked off with ice breaking, followed by an awesome science show performance related to the environment by Muhammad Al Awwab. Later on the warming up session, the main activities continued at 5 stations:

Kolam Mahligai   : River deepening,  by digging out dried leaves from the river  
Tree Station          : Trees planting and accumulating fallen branches 
Pondok Station    : Wash and scrub moss on the wood surface
Kolam Lagenda   : River deepening,  by digging out dried leaves from the river  
Chalet Station      : Accumulating dried leaves into the compose seed area 

The climax of the program was throwing mud balls into the river. 

What is a mud ball?

Mudball is an Effective Microorganisms created by Professor Dr Teruo Higa from Japan to activate local and native microorganisms that live in ground and water and maximizes their natural power.  In Malaysia, the EM Malaysia Groups are one of the pioneers in mud ball production and they sponsored 500 mud balls for this program. These mud balls purportedly contain properties that will purify water, better water quality and solve sanitation problems. In polluted rivers, accumulated sludge (rotten organic material) is in a state of oxygen deficiency, since there is a little oxygen dissolved in the water. Inside the sludge, harmful fermentation bacteria produce harmful gasses such as methane, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide by decomposing organic matter without oxygen. When mud balls are added to the water with that condition, they become embedded in the surface of the sludge and effective fermentation bacteria contained in mud balls start to decompose the sludge. 

We believe this program is a continuous effort to show our appreciation towards the environment.  


Shared by Zul Haniff
Guest Blogger

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