MAH commits to beat plastic pollution

Abang Johari (third left) flanked by Ibrahim his right checking out the stainless-steel straws.

KUCHING,Aug 20: Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Sarawak Chapter has joined global efforts to fight plastic pollution by launching stainless-steel straw with pouch during the recent Sarawak-Singapore Business Forum & Expo 2019 at Suntec Singapore.

The meaningful occasion, including launching of the MAH logo and fundraising project, was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

MAH Sarawak Chapter chairman Ibrahim Nordin, in a media release today, said that the objectives were to generate funding for MAH Sarawak Chapter this year and secondly, to do away with plastic straws by encouraging its members to promote and utilise stainless steel straws.

“The initiative is in support of the global efforts to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans by reducing plastic waste,” he explained.

“Member hotels of the Sarawak Chapter are encouraged to take steps to reduce plastic generation by first removing plastic straws off their restaurants, bars and clubs’ tables, and replacing them with stainless steel straws, without compromising guest stay experience,” he added.

He pointed out that climate change was taking place in the Artic, in the Northern Hemisphere now in which temperatures were warming, sea ice was retreating and the marine life was drastically changing.

“Some researchers estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by the year 2050,” he shared.

“Pollution and climate change is a worldwide problem. We need to change our disposable lifestyle and help in figuring out a solution. We hope to inspire you to do something about it,” he added.

Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as well as Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah were present.— DayakDaily