Don’t blindly follow call to reduce plastic bag usage, says MCA man

Posted on January 13, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-
PENANGITES should know the facts behind plastic bags and not blindly follow the state government’s call to cut down on plastic bag usage, a MCA division leader said.

Bukit Bendera MCA division chief Tang Heap Seng said Penangites should be aware of the science behind the production of plastic bags and its benefits.

“Because it cannot decompose, we can reuse them again and again until we throw them away as rubbish.

“The rubbish is then used to fill up reclaimed land just like the land in Macallum Street Ghaut where the many blocks of flats and apartments have been built.

“If the rubbish could decompose, it will be very dangerous for the buildings,” he said.

Tang, who is an engineer, said by promoting the use of paper bags, more trees would be chopped down.

“Where will they be disposed of? Won’t it be more destructive to the environment when they simply throw it away?” he asked in his speech during a singing competition and dinner at Han Chiang High School yesterday.

On the 20 sen fee for every plastic bag used, Tang said there has not been any news of how the money has been used.

“We only know that the money collected has been increasing but we do not know how they are spending it,” he said.

Organised by the Bukit Bendera MCA Wanita division, a total of 33 participants took part in the singing competition.

Organising chairperson Chan Lea See said they hoped to improve the music and singing standard in Penang through the competition.

Also present was Penang MCA deputy chairman Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun.

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