Press Statement by Lim Lip Eng at Kuala Lumpur City Hall on Wednesday, 6th January 2010:
Petition for "No Plastic Bag Day" by 10 KL MPs
Campaigns to ban the use of plastic bags are not only adopted by Pakatan Rakyat state governments, Federal Minister for Water, Green Technology and Power Datuk Peter Chin Fa Kui has in October last year announced that a national campaign of that sort will be carried out eventually as one of the ways to conserve the environment and promote green technology.
By default, Kuala Lumpur as a federal territory and the capital city of Malaysia should take the lead to spearhead the ban of plastic bags in the city and no reason for city mayor to say otherwise.
Malaysian must consider the following shocking facts about plastic bags:
Contrary to the worries of some in the retail industry, most urban shoppers now prefer plastic bag alternatives because they care about protecting the environment and they prefer to shop at retailers who are doing their bit to help the environment for example IKEA and Jaya Jusco.*Petition (PDF)
* Lim Lip Eng, MP for Segambut