THE chairman of a thaneer panthal (refreshment stall) to be set up at the Thaipusam festival in Penang hopes that more panthal operators will go green by serving sit-down meals on reusable plates instead of packing food in throwaway containers.
G. Subramaniam, who is the chairman of the Universiti Sains Malaysia thaneer panthal, saidthe panthal had been promoting the green concept for 10 years.
“This is in line with the university’s sustainable development programme,’ he said when contacted yesterday.
“We’ve been serving food and drinks to devotees using stainless steel plates and tumblers.
“We find this prevents littering and rubbish accumulating in the bins.”
Subramaniam said sit-down meals at the panthals would also prevent wastage.
“As the food is served buffet-style, devotees take only the amount they want to consume and the dishes they want to eat.
“Often at functions, we see children usually do not eat much and therefore, waste food.
“With this concept, this can be avoided,” he added.
He said the panthal, to be situated at the car park at the exit of Penang Municipal Park in Waterfall Road, would serve food for devo-tees during dinner from 7pm to 11pm on the eve and on Thaipusam day.
He said the panthal could seat up to 100 devotees at any one time.
“I hope the other operators will follow our example this year.
“We often see devotees collecting food in polystyrene containers and they end up throwing awaythe containers or wasting the food,” he said.
He also said his panthal would install a water filter to provide clean filtered water for devotees.