Federal minister supports 'no plastic bag' policy but...


Free Malaysia Today, January 17, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar says that while he supports the “no plastic bag” policy in Selangor, he wants the state government to issue clear guidelines as to what it intends to do with the 20 sen collected from the sale of each bag.

He said this was because there were bound to be controversies when the people started questioning how the money collected from the sale of plastic bags would be used.

“As a minister in charge of environment affairs, I agree on the ‘no plastic bags’ policy.

“But what happens to the money collected from the sale of the bags?” he asked, referring to the amount charged if customers insisted they wanted a plastic bag upon making a purchase.

“It may not be much but the accumulated funds can be quite a bit and people are bound to start asking questions,” said the Federal minister, insisting that the Selangor government issue clear guidelines on what they planned to do with the money collected.

The Selangor government’s “no plastic bag” campaign went into effect on January 1. Previously the campaign was limited to only Saturdays.

State exco in charge of tourism, consumer affairs, and environment, Elizabeth Wong said the 20 sen collected from the sale of plastic bags would be channelled towards corporate social responsibility purposes. She also said the state government planned to ban polystyrene containers this year.


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