Council wants more eateries to comply with ‘Say No to Plastic Straw’ ruling


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2020

Ting (fifth from right) with Rhoda (fifth from left) and other councillors and staff.

SIBU: The “Say No to Plastic Straw’ campaign initiated by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) which was implemented on Jan 1 has received 80% compliance from the 700 eateries here.

The council introduced the campaign to help conserve the environment.

SMC Public Health and Municipal Services councillor Rhoda Ting said the 80% compliance rate was an indication of strong support from the operators.

However, she said the council wanted a much better commitment from the operators.

“In the next three months, we hope to achieve at least 90% compliance, ” she said at a press conference.

Rhoda said the council’s enforcement unit will compound those found still giving out plastic straws to their customers.

“Those caught will be issued with a RM50 compound and their stocks of plastic straws will also be confiscated, ” she warned.

She said a warning letter would also be issued to the defaulters.

“If they are given three warning letters within a year, their operating licence will be cancelled. This is one of the conditions in the issuing of licences which they need to comply with, ” she said.

On the dengue situation, Ting said there was an increase of 130 cases, from 74 cases in 2018 to 204 cases last year.

“Most of these cases were reported in Taman Rajang area and Lane 16, Jalan Wong King Huo where construction of buildings were going on, ” she said.

She urged residents in Taman Rajang and the contractor for the buildings in Jalan Wong King Huo to clear mosquito breeding sites.

Rhoda said following the outbreak of rabies in the state, SMC had caught a total of 1,575 stray dogs in 2018 and another 1,066 last year.

“The public are advised not to let their dogs roam out on the streets as our enforcement team will catch them, ” she said.

The public can contact SMC enforcement team hotline at 084-310 808 and 013-807 7964 to report stray dogs in their area.Among those present at the press conference were SMC chairman Clarence Ting and councillors.

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