Global beer manufacturer Heineken Malaysia is investing an additional RM2.5 million to set up rainwater harvesting systems and build wetland plantations to protect the country’s water, the most important ingredient in their products.

Criss-crossed by over 3,000 rivers, Malaysia is a country that sources 98 per cent its water from streams and rivers. Despite this, 53 per cent of Malaysian rivers have been classified as at least slightly polluted, according to 2016 data published by the country’s Department of Environment. Protecting natural water sources and ensuring a steady supply of drinking water for Malaysians has therefore been a key priority of the SPARK Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Heineken Malaysia, which last week announced it would be investing RM2.5 million into water conservation efforts. Under the third phase of its Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation (W.A.T.E.R) project, SPARK Foundation will fund two key initiatives in the river basins of Sungei Way, Sungai Penchala and Sungai Selangor. A continuation of its existing collaboration with local non-profit Global Environment Centre (GEC), the initiatives are aimed at raising awareness about the importance of rivers and water conservation. Under the ‘Water for Water’ project, a […]

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