Cleaning up Malaysia’s rivers of life

Posted by Mike Confino, January 4, 2015

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In the hills to the east of Kuala Lumpur, the Klang River is clean enough for visitors to play in. But just a few hundred metres downstream, the water darkens and rubbish clogs the banks.

By the time it reaches the city centre, the river is the pale brown of milky tea and so toxic it’s dangerous to touch.

But after decades of neglect, the government is spending more than $1bn to revive the Klang and Gombak rivers that gave Kuala Lumpur – which translates roughly as “muddy confluence” – its name.

via Cleaning up Malaysia’s rivers of life – Features – Al Jazeera English.