Residents of Felda Residence Kuala Terengganu doing their part for Earth Hour by switching off lights on Saturday
KUALA TERENGGANU (The New Straits Times): When the lights went out at 8.30pm sharp Saturday night, shouts, squeals and hoots of excitement reverberated around the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu hostel canteen.
The din was to celebrate Earth Hour, and as one student said, it brought together various races for a single cause.
A third year student in Environmental Technology (Entech) Tan Chuew Wen said the gathering of about 100 students brought together Malaysians of different creeds and colours to fight global warming.
The 23-year-old from Selangor said more environmental events should be organised as the issue transcends race and international boundaries.
“If we don’t unite it will be difficult to save the world.
“There is a Japanese saying about different bodies, but one mind, and that is the mindset we need to sow in Malaysia,” she told the New Straits Times.
Her best friend and course mate, 22-year-old Mohd Aizubbin Azhar also from Selangor, said the event was organised by the Entech students.
“This is about saving our world. And now we’ve started working together for this cause we will continue to do so regardless of our differences.”
First year student Dhaarisheni Muniandy, 21, from Penang, said she was proud to have taken part in the worldwide initiative.
“The environment is about the people as much as it is about Mother Nature.
“We are fighting for the same objective. Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism all preach taking care of the environment, so such events make us see our similarities which unites us even more.”
But around the city, with the exception of government departments, several educational institutions and hotels, the response to Earth Hour was lukewarm.
Felda Residence Kuala Terengganu sales and public relations manager Fadzly Hamzah said it is impossible for hotels to shut off the power or all the lights for security reasons, but the hotel did what it could.
Fadzly said the hotel shut the power off completely on two floors as the rooms there were unoccupied. And only the emergency lights were left on in the staircase.
“We are in the eco-tourism industry. Terengganu has been blessed with many natural wonders, so it’s only natural for us to give back whenever we can.”