New initiatives to make Johor more eco-friendly

Curious SMK Pasir Gudang students observing a machine used for processing used cooking oil at the Johor Progressive Expo in Kota Iskandar.

JOHOR BARU: The state government has launched three main eco-initiatives that will be implemented by the local authorities in the state.

The three initiatives are the Digital Parking System, Solid Waste Separation at Source (SAS) programme and Clean Zone programme, aimed at fulfilling the “Progressive Johor Plan” (Gagasan Johor Berkemajuan) while ensuring the public service system remains productive, efficient, trustworthy and transparent.

Johor state housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Md Jais Sarday said the implementation of the digital parking system by several state local authorities could materialise the vision of realising the plan faster and make it more sustainable.

“The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) offers a new parking management system that is based on the coupon hybrid system and the MBJB Spot application which can be downloaded via smartphone.

“Users have the choice of using the coupon or app, according to their convenience,” he said when launching the eco-initiatives in conjunction with the Johor Progressive Expo in Kota Iskandar.

He said the Johor Baru Tengah Municipal Council used a SMS parking system called the SMSParkir, which benefited nearly a million people living in central Johor Baru such as Impian Emas, Perling, Bukit Indah, Nusajaya, Skudai and Gelang Patah.

The digital parking system could be expanded to areas in the Iskandar region followed by the state, he said. He added that the state government welcomed the federal govern­ment's proposal to make solid waste separation compulsory in households in an effort to boost recycling.

“To reduce pollution, the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council purchased recycled cooking oil for RM1 per kilogramme from shopkeepers and local residents, and in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, turned the oil into biodiesel.

He said 4,985kg of cooking oil was collected last year, while 3,600kg was collected as of September this year, showing that the SAS programme was a mechanism that could contribute to a clean and sustain­able state.

“We want to have each local authority implement at least one clean zone under their jurisdiction.

“It is a challenge for the local authorities to ensure their areas are well managed, and consistent in providing sufficient and sustainable public infrastructure,” he added. — Bernama

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