Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Petisyen Untuk “Hari Tanpa Beg Plastik” Di Kuala Lumpur

YB Tian Chua, YB Nurul Izzah & I spoke to the press at DBKL lobby this morning

Campaigns to ban the use of plastic bags are not only adopted by Pakatan Rakyat state governments, Federal Minister for Water, Green Technology and Power Datuk Peter Chin Fa Kui has in October last year announced that a national campaign of that sort will be carried out eventually as one of the ways to conserve the environment and promote green technology.

By default, Kuala Lumpur as a federal territory and the capital city of Malaysia should take the lead to spearhead the ban of plastic bags in the city and no reason for city mayor to say otherwise.

Malaysian must consider the following shocking facts about plastic bags:

· Plastic bags are made of polyethylene which is a petroleum product

· It takes 1000 years for polyethylene bags to break down

· Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption

· As polyethylene breaks down, toxic substances leach into the soil and enter the food chain

· Plastic bags are often mistaken as food by animals and these animals suffer a painful death, the plastic wraps around their intestines or they choke to death

· When these animals die and decay, the plastic bag is free again to repeat the deadly cycle

· Supplying plastic bags is a business expense with no financial return

· Plastic bags are the main culprit for blocking drains

Contrary to the worries of some in the retail industry, most urban shoppers now prefer plastic bag alternatives because they care about protecting the environment and they prefer to shop at retailers who are doing their bit to help the environment for example at IKEA and Jaya Jusco.

1 comment:

jasonlhling said...

Dear YB,
I agree with your concern on the use of plastic bag and it effect on the environment.For your info, I am DAP member and plastic bag manufacturer too. I am for the campaign to reduce the usage as I have always advised my customers and users. I preferred to carry the goods I bought when I buy anything instead of using plastic bags.
We should educate the people as far as the usage is concerned because at the present moment, we cannot afford not to use the plastic yet either because of the availability or the cost factor.
At the momet, in my opinion we
should educate the people to recycle-not only the plastic bags but any other materials. (I saw people throwing drink can and plastic wrappers out of the cars)
Don't you think these people need education? This actions also caused our towns look dirty and additional works for the
Good job YB! I support the campaign.