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Splash for Sustainability — Protecting Marine Ecosystems

Members of APU’s Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter (APUSPESC) dive into environmental protection and take a stand for marine life by sweeping away trash at Negeri Cahaya Beach in Negeri Sembilan and collecting eight bags of garbage containing various types of waste.


On a sunny morning, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation’s (APU) Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter (APUSPESC) students descended on Negeri Cahaya Beach in Negeri Sembilan, armed with trash bags and a mission to clean up the beach.

As part of their ongoing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, 22 enthusiastic students were eager to make a difference for the environment and raise awareness about the importance of protecting marine ecosystems.

Under the supervision of their esteemed advisor, Dr. Wong Siew Fan, the students worked diligently for over two hours, collecting a staggering eight bags of trash!

From plastic debris to discarded items, the students’ efforts helped to mitigate the environmental impact on this pristine coastal region.

“It was amazing to see the dedication and enthusiasm of our students,” said Dr. Wong while added that, “Their commitment to creating a cleaner and healthier environment for present and future generations is truly inspiring.”

The students also had a lot of fun at the event, with many of them expressing a deep sense of fulfilment at the end of the day.

These bright next-generation petroleum engineers are driven by their ambition to use their expertise for sustainability and environmental protection.

Mohamed Bakri Osman Abdemaged, one of the beach clean-ups volunteers, had a positive experience.

“I am so glad I could be a part of this event. It was incredible to see the change we could make in just a few hours. It was a fun and memorable experience,” he said.

Another volunteer, Isse Mohamud Ali, stated that the event taught him the value of conserving coastal areas.

“I realised how much trash can pollute our beaches and harm marine life. I am committed to doing my part to help keep our beaches clean,” he said.

Thiik Thiik Agoth Cithiik concluded that the event had inspired all volunteers and that the majority of them, including herself, had already signed up for more beach clean-ups in the future.

“It is a great way to give back to the community and make a positive impact on the environment. I encourage everyone to get involved in a beach clean-up if they can,” she said.

Mohamed Bakri, Isse Mohamud, and Thiik Thiik are three of the many gifted students pursuing Petroleum Engineering at APU.

With their brilliant minds and unwavering dedication, they are poised to shape the future of the industry and make a positive impact on the world.

Their enthusiasm and dedication are evident in their involvement in APUSPESC, where they collaborate with their peers to learn and grow as well as active in their communities, volunteering, and other environmental initiatives.

With their talent, passion, and dedication, they are destined to make a significant impact on the world.

By engaging students in environmental protection efforts, these events can help to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability and inspire future generations to make a difference.