THE people have been urged to bring their own containers when buying meat at wet markets, to reduce the usage of plastic bags.
During a visit to the Ipoh Central Market, Kepayang assemblyman Dr Ko Chung Sen found that many people were still using plastic bags to pack meat.
He expressed hope that people would change their habit in order to protect the environment.
“Everyone needs to cut down on the usage of disposable plastic bags when doing grocery shopping or marketing.
“The use of disposable plastics bags in the country has been in our daily lives for decades, ” he said.
“And now, it has come to a point that it has already begun to destroy our environment.
“The microplastic particles from the decomposition of the disposable plastics bags are absorbed into the ground and end up polluting the groundwater, which puts plants, animals and us humans at risk, ” he pointed out.
Dr Ko said he had started taking his own containers to the market for packing meat and encouraged others to do the same.
“I hope people can get accustomed to this good habit of bringing their own reusable bags and food containers when doing grocery shopping.
“It will help to reduce the use of the disposable plastics bags and lessen the amount of such items ending up at the landfill.
“An unpolluted environment serves the basic need for healthy living for all of us, ” he reiterated. — By IVAN LOH
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