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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Penang implements No Plastic Bag everyday

From Jan 1 this year, plastic bags will be banned in the Malaysian state of Penang.

The ban will apply to all supermarkets, hypermarts, department stores, fast food chain stores and nasi kandar outlets, as well as convenience stores including petrol kiosks and chain stores, The Star newspaper reported.

The move is an extension of the current "No Plastic Bag Day" observed by shopping malls and hypermarts in the state three days a week. Shoppers who did not bring their own reusable bags are charged 20 sen ($0.08) for each plastic bag.

The ban, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in his Budget speech, will reduce the state's carbon footprint. Chief Minister said that it is all right for the older generation to be angry with the state government for not providing them with plastic bags so long as the future generation get to enjoy a better environment.

I totally agree with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. He has done a good job about the environment. Click here for the full speech by Chief Minister in (Bahasa Malaysia)

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