Zuraida: Invest in young local talents to drive waste recycling efforts

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Make use of young local talents to drive waste recycling initiatives as it is an industry with much potential to generate commercial profit, says Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic).

The Housing and Local Government Minister said this after listening to the explanation of 16-year-old Muhammad Harraz Nazhan Mohd Yusni, the winner of the gold award at the Asia Pacific Conference of Young Scientist 2019 who recycled unused wood into usable timber.

An appreciation award ceremony attended by Zuraida was organised by Yayasan Pendidikan Cheras (YPC) to Harraz here on Tuesday (June 30).

Harraz, a student at SM Sains Alam Shah, won the gold and special award at the international competition in Russia last October with his project.

Zuraida said that big corporations which were involved in waste management should make use of talents such as Harraz's and see whether such projects could be further developed for commercial use such as building livable homes.

At the same event, Zuraida also said housing developers saw a drop in sales by almost 90% in the last quarter as they could not hold exhibitions and promotions.

She also said that despite lower sales, the development of housing projects have been better than the last quarter.

"As people stayed at home during the movement control order, they have come to appreciate how important houses are and focused on their homes with better living spaces.

"We hope post-Covid-19, it will pick up again and with the incentives by the government such as exemptions for agreement fee, stamping and tax rebates, it will pick up especially for houses below RM500,000.

"We have given certain exemptions on penalties to developers who cannot complete their projects on time.

"We have also given (loan) moratoriums to buyers," said Zuraida.

She was asked about the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the housing industry.

The award appreciation ceremony was attended by Education Ministry representatives Anand Baharuddin and Maznah Abu Bakar, Harraz's family members and school teachers.

Also present were YPC chairman Datuk Seri Syed Ali AlHabshee, YPC board members Datuk Zurainah Musa and Mohd Ismail Mohd Nor.

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