We should be clean like the Rwan­dans, says Zu­raida

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians need to change their mind­set to­wards lit­ter­ing, as even Rwan­dans sur­pass us in this as­pect, says Min­is­ter Zu­raida Ka­marud­din.

The Hous­ing and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter said that we need to em­u­late the clean cul­ture in Rwanda and re­mind one an­other to keep clean and not to lit­ter wan­tonly.

Zu­raida said the govern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that af­ford­able hous­ing poli­cies in­clude ed­u­cat­ing masses on say­ing no to plas­tic bags, which is a size­able com­po­si­tion of solid waste in Malaysia.

“Plas­tic make up 13.2% of all waste gen­er­ated in 2017 in Malaysia, and 29.2% has to do with plas­tic bags. It takes hun­dreds of years for a plas­tic bag to de­com­pose,” said Zu­raida.

She was speak­ing at the soft­launch of a na­tional cam­paign to say “No to plas­tic bags” in con­junc­tion with the UN World Habi­tat Day at the PPR Beringin here on Satur­day.

“The pub­lic will be ed­u­cated on how to cut down on the use of plas­tic bags and use more re­cy­clable bags. We have a two-year pe­riod – an en­gage­ment pro­gramme – to ed­u­cate the pub­lic be­fore en­force­ment. We are fo­cus­ing on PPR flats,” said Zu­raida.

The PPR Beringin is also the first to have a vend­ing ma­chine which pays in money and kind for re­cy­clable plas­tic bot­tles de­posited.

Zu­raida stated that the pri­or­ity for af­ford­able hous­ing pol­icy fo­cuses on those from the lower and mid­dle-lower in­come groups to en­sure that all Malaysians can af­ford a home.

“There will be bet­ter ac­cess to the var­i­ous hous­ing funds.

“We want to con­stantly en­gage with the lower in­come group B40 so that there will be a spirit of co­op­er­a­tion and they can man­age their own prop­er­ties and take care of the clean­li­ness around them.

“We hope to raise their aware­ness so that they will be in­formed of the govern­ment poli­cies on clean­li­ness,” said Zu­raida.

Zu­raida also said the main is­sue in PPR flats is that of poor main­te­nance of the lifts.

“If they can un­der­stand how to use the lifts prop­erly, that it­self can re­duce van­dal­ism of the lifts,” she said.

“As for the fi­nan­cial col­lec­tion of the man­age­ment bod­ies, we are go­ing to coach them on pre­par­ing a sink­ing fund to be used when prob­lems arise.”

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