GEORGE TOWN: Temple managements have been urged to not use polystyrene during the Thaipusam celebrations.
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) education officer N. V. Subbarow said food should not be served to devotees in such containers as it could prove hazardous to health when these are burned.
“The use of large amounts of polystrene create a huge amount of garbage,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“The chemicals from the polystyrene will also migrate into the food when it breaks down from heat, sun or wear when it is old.”
He urged temples to use the safer biodegradable containers.
“Devotees should also play their part. They could bring their own food containers to reduce the amount of garbage,” said Subbarow.
Traders found breaking the rules, he said, should not be allowed to set up stalls next year.
“Everyone should take the festival as a platform to save and nurture the environment.”
Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple chairman R. Subramaniam advised the disabled and senior citizens not to visit the temple as there would not be special jeep services for them tomorrow.
“We have two going up the hill, but it is for the committee members,” he said. “They need to travel back and forth several times a day,” Subramaniam added.
“There will be an ambulance and two medical camps set up near the hilltop temple in case of an emergency.”
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