KUALA LUMPUR: The public is more aware about recycling, thanks to the Governments campaign on the issue, the Dewan Negara heard yesterday.
Housing and Local Government Ministry parliamentary secretary Dr S. Subramaniam said that although the ministry had not carried out an in-depth analysis on its recycling campaign, a university study found that 90% of the people had queried the ministry on what they could do to contribute.
Many questions and a lot of support have been received from the public, private companies, non-governmental organisations, higher institutions of learning and schools.
They are interested to implement consistent recycling programmes in their organisations, he told Senator Hiang A Li during question time at the Dewan Negara.
Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary Ahmad Shabery Cheek said trade between Malaysia and members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) had increased by 16% to US$22bil (RM75bil).
He added that the trade potential between the OIC members, Islamic countries and Malaysia was looking good.
For example, last year, 53,000 tourists from Saudi Arabia came here and each of them spent an average of RM6,800, which resulted in a gain of RM350mil in foreign exchange.
The trust and respect from OIC countries for Malaysia looks bright, judging from the member countries' request for Malaysia to extend its chairmanship to 2008, he told Senator Soon Tian Szu.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said a total of 471 unemployed graduates had registered to work at six hypermarkets after the ministry's training and employment programme was introduced in January.
We are also planning to expand the retail business training programme among STPM and SPM school-leavers.
The retail sector is one of the main contributors to the country's economic growth, he told Senator Chua Kim Chuan.