‘Bring your own tiffins to bazaars’

Tengku Zatashah (carrying tiffin) visiting the sustainability-driven Ramadan bazaar at Pengkalan Batu Public Park off Jalan Tepi Sungai Klang. — KK SHAM/The Star

MALAYSIANS enjoy street food at Ramadan bazaars but often overlook the impact of packaging used for takeaways.

Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah hopes to see more consumers carrying their own reusable food containers to Ramadan bazaars to pack food in an environmentally friendly way.

“I have been bringing tiffin containers to Ramadan bazaars since 2016.

“Everyone definitely should bring their tiffin, drink tumbler and cutlery to enjoy beautiful food. And no plastic,” said Tengku Zatashah, who is the founder and advocate of #SayNo2plastic Malaysia.

She officiated the first sustainability-driven Ramadan bazaar at Pengkalan Batu Public Park off Jalan Tepi Sungai Klang to encourage environmental awareness among the locals.

“It’s disheartening to see the amount of plastic packaging used each year during this season.

“I believe that practising sustainability year-round can make a significant impact in reducing waste. Let’s make conscious choices and work together to change our behaviour,” she said.

Landasan Lumayan Sdn Bhd managing director Syaiful Azmen Nordin said the company was excited to offer an environmentally conscious option for packing food at Ramadan bazaars.

“It is important for Malaysians to be aware of their consumption habits, and we encourage better choices that benefit the environment,” he said.

He added that having the bazaar next to a river was a strategic decision in reminding people of the value of rivers.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Licensing Department director Datin Fadzilah Abdul Aziz accompanied Tengku Zatashah, who visited several stalls at the Ramadan bazaar where the Princess bought food.

The sustainable Ramadan bazaar is organised by Landasan Lumayan in collaboration with MPK and Persatuan Usahawan Digital Muslim Selangor to encourage both vendors and customers to minimise waste.

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