Recyclable bags given out to Batu Gajah market-goers

People making a beeline to buy groceries from the Batu Gajah wet market during the weekend. RONNIE CHIN/The Star

THE Batu Gajah District Council is still focused on doing its bit for the environment even during the conditional movement control order (MCO).

The district council presented about 550 reusable bags to market-goers in conjunction with its “No Non-Degradable Plastic Bag Day” campaign.

Council president Mohamad Razif Ramli said the plan was to encourage people to use less plastic bags and opt for recyclable ones.

“We want the people here to use recyclable bags to protect nature.

“It is part of our awareness campaign to protect the environment and in line with the Local Agenda 21 action plan towards reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ” he said.

“The bags are just some little ‘souvenirs’ from us.”

Mohamad Razif (right) giving out the recyclable bags to the public at the Batu Gajah wet market.Mohamad Razif (right) giving out the recyclable bags to the public at the Batu Gajah wet market.

The campaign was launched in November 2018.

With regard to enforcement of the conditional MCO at the markets under the district council’s purview, Mohamad Razif said he was pleased with the cooperation shown by the people.

Mohamad Razif said some 99,624 people visited the Pusing and Batu Gajah markets since March 22 and most adhered to the MCO.

“The conditional MCO allows people some leeway to ensure their daily lives can go on, ” he said, adding that only 30 people were allowed to enter a market at a time.

“We appreciate the cooperation by the people in adapting to the new norm towards an effective culture. They have 10 minutes to get what they need and leave the market.

“It’s been so far so good. Those who go to the market know what they want to buy and do not walk about.”

He added that there were also no issues or complaints regarding goods being priced unreasonably at the markets.

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