SEVERAL letters have been written by residents in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya praising the Penang state government over its move to implement a total ban on the use of plastic bags.
I find it amusing that people will support anything if they are not affected by the decision.
As a Penangite, I support the reduction but not a total ban on plastic bags, which are indispensable for disposal of rubbish.
With a total ban, I would have to pay for the plastic bags to place my rubbish in. Let’s do a simple calculation here. Assuming that I use three plastic bags of various sizes to dispose of my rubbish a day, two being the minimum for the wet variety, at 20 sen each, it works out to 60 sen a day, RM18 a month or RM216 a year.
I have no doubt that there will be people who claim that they use only one plastic bag a day or that there are cheaper ways to acquire plastic bags or that we should reduce the amount of rubbish being thrown out. But the fact is that Penangites will now have to fork out more money to dispose of their rubbish.
And since there are quite a number of people from Selangor who support this ban, I would like to propose to the Selangor state government to do so likewise. As Selangor has a much bigger population than Penang, I am sure the positive impact on the environment will be even greater.
S.A. LIM, Penang.