Most states ignore award


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 08 May 2003

By SIM LEOI LEOI

PUTRAJAYA: State governments have failed to respond to invitations by organisers of the Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award to join in its annual celebrations. 

Organising chairman Datuk Kok Wee Kiat said he wrote personally to each of the states’ exco member in charge of environment and technology. 

“We decided to extend the invitation to the states to expand the awards to cover environmental development projects by their agencies or businesses. 

“This is because we want to give due recognition to the states in the conservation and protection of their environment. 

“Only four states – Pahang, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak – have replied to our offers or pledged their commitment towards the awards. I am very disappointed with the lack of response,” he said after receiving cheques from the sponsors of the Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award 2002/2003 at the Science, Technology and Environment Ministry here yesterday. 

Minister Datuk Seri Law Hieng Ding witnessed the cheque presentation. 

The environmental award is an annual presentation to companies and business in recognition for their role in sustainable development and commitment towards the environment.  

It is organised by the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia, Environmental Management and Research Association, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers and the International Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Kok said the awards this year would also give special recognition to any small and medium-sized industry (SMI) that had achieved progress in this field. 

“The SMI forms the backbone of our manufacturing sector and we want to get them involved in environmental protection,” he said. 

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