Utilise biodegradation tech for S’wak to achieve sustainable devt goals, says MBKS mayor

Wee (seated, centre) with others during the JCIM SDA 2024 press conference at Vivacity Megamall in Kuching on April 13, 2024.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, April 13: One way for Sarawak to achieve its sustainable development goals (SGD) is to use biodegradation technology, says Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng.

Wee explained that everybody, including the council, has to do their part to help Mother Earth sustain the environment and the world we live in.

He cited that the use of biodegradation technology could convert polyolefin packaging material in an open environment into bioavailable wax that degrades in a few months, unlike plastic materials.

“These are the latest technologies that we should adopt, and the council is for them, especially their application under its jurisdiction. We hoped they could be alternatives to our carrier bags.

“If we could do it on plastic bags, I am sure we could do it on other plastics such as food containers, plates, bowls, and cutlery.

“I look forward to everyone understanding that if we do not do it, who will? We do it for Mother Earth,” he said

Wee made these remarks during the Junior Chamber International Malaysia (JCIM) Sustainable Development Award (SDA) 2024 press conference, which JCI Kuching hosted today at Vivacity Megamall.

He said that with only one earth, the public must become responsible citizens by advocating for climate-friendly solutions.

“Our actions and voices will amplify the cause to share the strategies. In-person and in your group, use your part to do your roles on social media.

“We might be in the forest of Borneo Island, but we could take our step and do our part. As the adage says, a thousand miles starts with the first step.”

Wee pointed out that sustainable development is an essential concept for the future and the health of the planet.

“It refers to the idea of finding solutions that meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future of the next generations,” he said.

Wee later witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between JCI Kuching and the sponsor, which was comprised of several corporate bodies.

JCI Kuching local president Jervis Jong and JCIM SDA Press Conference (Kuching Edition) organising chairman Lucas Tiong were present. — DayakDaily