Plastic-free resort planned

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star- FRASER’S HILL: The state government is considering turning the hill resort here into a plastic-free area to protect its fragile environment.

Polystyrene boxes are another item on the possible ban list, said Pahang exco member Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif.

The move, he said, was in line with the recent decision of the state government to ban any form of new development in the highland, which is also known as “Little England”.

“We are studying a proposal by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and WWF to make Fraser’s Hill free of these items.

“If the proposal is adopted, we will only allow degradable plastic to be used throughout the hilltop,” he added when met after opening the 23rd International Bird Race event here.

Efforts must be made to educate residents, business operators and tourists to work together to safeguard the environment from disintegration, he said.

The state government welcomed public feedback on the proposal as developed countries had promoted the use of biodegradable material.

Shafik Fauzan, who is state Tourism, Arts, Heritage, Women, Family and Community Deve­lopment Committee chairman, said the use of biodegradable material had yet to catch on in the country because the public was not fully aware of the benefits and many were turned off by the high cost involved.

“We have to start somewhere. We are pleased with the efforts of MNS and WWF to educate the public, particularly students, on the need to conserve, preserve and love the environment,” he said.

Separately, Shafik Fauzan said the RM200,000 bird interpretive centre built here was a good start to promote bird watching at the highland resort.

He said the new structure was part of the RM23mil allocated by the Federal Government to upgrade public amenities under the 9th Malaysia Plan.

“We hope more tourists will come to visit and stay longer at Fraser’s Hill, known for its cool climate and lush green surroundings.

“The highland is also one of the top destinations for bird watchers from all over the world with some 275 species of birds,” he said.

Last year, Fraser’s Hill registered an increase of 136% in tourist’s arrivals from 46,211 in 2008 to 109,038 visitors.


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