GEORGE TOWN: There is a new mural in town, and this time it sends a clear message – in bold and capital letters – that says ‘no single-use plastic’.
The mural depicting people doing their bit for the environment with three recycling bins and various local landmarks in the background has been painted on the sidewall of a shophouse along Cintra Street here.
The mural was sponsored by AMD Global Services (M) Sdn Bhd Penang as part of the company’s annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.
AMD manager Teoh Chin Bern said the mural was in line with the state government’s ‘No Single-Use Plastic’ initiative.
“This is our way of encouraging the public to stop using single-use plastic.
“We hope that the mural will create awareness and encourage people to take care of the environment,” she said.
Teoh said the company held CSR programmes each year, adding that some were community-based while others were environment-based.
She also said, earlier in the day, that some 240 employees participated in a ‘Clean and Green Penang Heritage Charity Walk’ where they cleaned the heritage enclave by collecting and separating recycled waste.
“We also managed to raise RM4,000 from the sales of aluminium straws.
“The money raised will be donated to Pertubuhan Permata Al-Mahabbah Pulau Pinang and Yee Ran Jing Sheh Handicapped Children’s Home,” she said.
Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said he was glad that the George Town heritage enclave was chosen by AMD to carry out its CSR programme.
“The shophouse and AMD Penang have come to a consensus and painted a mural to encourage no single-use plastics.
“This is a great move to help deliver the state’s green vision, not just to the public but also tourists to ensure the cleanliness of our heritage area which is a tourist hotspot,” he said.
Teh said the state government could not effectively implement any changes without the support of everyone.
“Only when both sides do their part together can we achieve this long-term objective of delivering a cleaner, greener and safer Penang for our future generations,” he said.