Rep: ‘No plastic’ campaign will promote local handicraft


Gerald (front row, third left) presents a goody bag to an individual attending the opening ceremony of the campaign while others look on.

BETONG: The Betong Division-level  No-Polystyrene and No-Plastic Day campaign will help to promote local handicraft such as baskets and bags for shopping.

The campaign will also encourage the people to carry their own bags or self-designed baskets for carrying items they are buying from shops and supermarkets.

Speaking during the campaign’s launch held at Betong District Council yesterday, Layar assemblyman Gerald  Rentap Jabu, said the main objective of the campaign was aimed at promoting less use of polystyrene, which is harmful to the health and the environment.

“Polystyrene is not good for the environment. This is why the government has organised this No-Polystyrene Plastic and No-Plastic Day campaign,” he added.

He also hoped that hygiene and healthcare practices among the community would improve and that the people would be more aware of it.

The no-plastic bag day in Betong Division which includes Betong District Council, Spaoh, Debak, Pusa, Beladin and Maludam, is on every Saturday.

Rentap also reminded supermarkets in the division to support the campaign to make it a success.

“The use of polystyrene is also strictly prohibited for packaging in the division,” he added.