Curtin Malaysia’s 500 EcoBricks boosts Miri City’s bid to enter Guinness Book of World Records

Lee (front, fourth right) and Ting (front, fifth right) proudly commemorate the 20,000th EcoBrick with EcoBrick Challenge organisers and Curtin Malaysia's students.

KUCHING, Oct 19: Curtin Malaysia’s 500 EcoBricks has helped Miri City reach a 20,000 EcoBrick milestone in a bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.

Curtin Malaysia in a statement today said the contribution of 500 EcoBricks made by its students and staff to the EcoBrick Green Wall of Miri Project means a total of 20,000 EcoBricks to help the project organisers, the Miri Secondhand Dealer and Recycler Association, to bid for entry into the Guinness Book of World Records following a successful entry in the Malaysian Book Records (MYBOR) for collecting 10,000 EcoBricks in first phase of the project in March this year.

The handover of the EcoBricks from Curtin Malaysia was made at the ‘EcoBrick Green Wall of Miri No. 20,000 Handover Ceremony’ held at the university officiated at by Minister for Transport, Sarawak Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin who is also chairman of Curtin Malaysia Management Committee.

Speaking during the ceremony, Lee lauded the outstanding dedication and hard work exhibited by local schools, non-governmental organisations, government departments and community members in their collective efforts to reduce plastic waste in Miri through the EcoBrick Green Wall of Miri Project.

He also commended Chia and the Miri Secondhand Dealer and Recycler Association for their efforts to earn a place in the MYBOR and now the Guinness Book of World Records.

Part of the 500 EcoBricks made by staff and students of Curtin Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts I (Tourism), Sarawak Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew highlighted the importance of partnerships between local authorities, non-governmental organisations, corporate bodies and community groups in achieving the United Nations SDGs.

He said that the community-driven EcoBrick Green Wall of Miri Project, besides its environmental benefits, played a significant role in post-pandemic recovery efforts by providing the community with a sense of purpose and unity.

“The EcoBrick Green Wall will also serve as a model for sustainable and responsible tourism while simultaneously boosting the local economy,” he added. — DayakDaily