Out to make ‘No Free Plastic Bag’ campaign a success

Posted on January 20, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-
CHIEF Minister Lim Guan Eng wants the state government to succeed in its ‘No Free Plastic Bag’ campaign as it can set an example for other states to follow.

“This is a must-win campaign and that is why we need to put greater efforts to educate the public to ensure they understand the need to preserve the environment for future generations,” he said.

Lim said if the state fails then all hope would be lost in extending the campaign to the whole of Malaysia.

“There are still objections from certain quarters. My staff and (state exco member) Phee Boon Poh’s staff had also been scolded by the public during the campaign. Some of my officers even broke down in tears.”

He said the objections also came from the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) and other parties.

The state government implemented the ‘No Free Plastic Bags’ ruling on Jan 1 and shoppers who do not bring their own reusable bags, will be charged 20sen for each plastic bag.

Money collected from the sale of plastic bags are meant for the ‘Partners Against Poverty’ special fund, which was set up to help those classified as destitute poor.

“This is also why non-governmental organisations involved in the green movement must be more active and engage the public to ensure the campaign’s success,” he said at a press conference on Saturday.

Earlier, Lim opened a ‘No Free Plastic Bag’ campaign at the Gurney Plaza mall.

He also officiated a wushu competition, held in conjunction with the Lunar New Year celebrations.

At the ceremony, Lim and the mall’s manager Lawrence Teh gave out more than 50 free non-woven bags and other bags made from recycled banners.

The public snapped up the items within a few minutes.


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