By Karen Bong
KUCHING, March 25: Food and beverage (F&B) operators under Kuching South City Council’s (MBKS) jurisdiction are reminded that the mandatory ban on plastic straws will take effect from April 1, 2023, onwards.
MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng has called on all F&B operators to comply with the ‘no plastic straw’ policy due to take effect in six days’ time.
“It is compulsory from April 1 onwards. We have given three months for all F&B operators to prepare for the change, so we hope everyone will give MBKS support when the policy is enforced.
“Love our Earth as much as you love yourself,” he said during his ShallWeeTalk live session with the community today.
He emphasised that the mandatory phasing out of plastic straws is an important initiative to conserve and protect the environment for a sustainable Sarawak.
Meanwhile, Wee also urged all citizens to join MBKS tonight in switching off their lights or reducing the usage of electricity for one hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm to amplify the mission and impact of the Earth Hour global movement.
“Through our utility company, we will also monitor how much energy has been consumed and conserved under the MBKS area,” he said.
Wee emphasised that it is time people change their habits and take their responsibility seriously in protecting the planet and saving the environment in view that global warming and climate change have brought adverse effects and threaten the ecosystem.
“Even if you are unable to turn off the lights entirely, just reduce the usage. Just do your part and support our efforts for one hour,” he added.
The Earth Hour movement will kick off a long list of programmes to be carried out by MBKS to raise awareness on environmental conservation and protection that will involve various stakeholders, including school students. — DayakDaily