MBSA embarks on campaign to reduce use of plastic straws

SHAH ALAM City Council (MBSA) has embarked on plastic straws awareness campaign ahead of the state government’s July 1 directive to restrict their use.

“We are encouraging the public to make a change and eateries to stop giving out plastic straws,” said mayor Datuk Haris Kasim at his first full board meeting after being appointed earlier this month.

He added that MBSA would be putting up banners to remind the public of the directive next week.

“We hope restaurants will start using paper straws or even stainless steel ones, but we understand it may be difficult to source for these products,” he said.

State environment, green technology, science and consumer affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian had announced that food and beverage outlets were prohibited from providing plastic straws at the counter and they would only be given at the request of customers.Haris asked heads of departments to reach out to businesses producing biodegradable straws and possibly organise a meeting with restaurant operators.

He said for the time being, the city council would not be issuing compounds to those who do not adhere to the ruling.

MBSA councillor Abdul Manaf Yusoff said MBSA should take the lead in the matter.

“Within this building (MBSA office), we should start by not using plastic straws,

“When I go to a mamak restaurant, I bring my own stainless steel straw,” he said, adding that it was a practice which needs to be adopted over time.

MBSA Licensing and Enforcement Department acting director Azhar Sharif said a directive would be issued to all eateries on the new ruling.

“If the eateries do not follow it, then we may take enforcement action by confiscating their plastic straws,” he said.

On another issue, councillor Mariam Abdul Rashid’s plea to increase the allocation for each Residents Representative Council was shot down.

“For this year, MBSA has increased the allocation from RM60,000 to RM80,000, which was the amount agreed to with the previous mayor,” said deputy mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan.

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