KUALA LUMPUR: Traders in the Federal Territories who have yet to comply with the policy on the use of biodegradable products have been given warnings and compounds.
A total of 432 warning notices and 1,156 compounds were issued against traders in the Federal Territories last year.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said inspections held at 2,707 business premises in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan also saw action taken against traders who did not comply with the ban on plastic straws.
“To promote the use of biodegradable products, communication, education and public awareness programmes should continue to be implemented to enhance awareness and understanding as well as the public’s cooperation with the business community.
“We also encourage people to bring their own bags when shopping, bring their own containers for packing food and use alternative drinking straws, such as reusable straws, paper straws and biodegradable straws, ” he told reporters after the Kuala Lumpur Biodegradable Fun Run 2020 programme here yesterday.
The inaugural programme, joined by 3,500 participants, was aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of environmental protection through the use of biodegradable products, especially in the Federal Territories.
There was also an exhibition on biodegradable products such as straws, food containers, spoons, forks and plastic bags made from decomposable and environmentally friendly materials such as sugarcane, corn and grass.
One of the participants, Sunita Zainul Abidin, 51, said all Malaysians should attend such healthy activities.
“It is also a sign of our support for the use of biodegradable products in the country as we know that products like plastic bags take about 100 years to decompose and can cause environmental pollution, ” she said. — Bernama