Hee Loy Sian (middle) says the state government has proposed the suspension of the operating license of food and beverage outlets that still provide plastic straws to its customers. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

By Sheeda Fathil

KAJANG, Jan 13 — The Selangor government has proposed for local authorities (PBT) to suspend the operating license of food and beverage outlets that are still providing plastic straws to its customers.

Proposing the enforcement to begin in two months, state Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said the move was suggested to create awareness on the serious impact of single-use plastics towards the environment.

“The state administration has taken several steps against single-use plastics but there are food and beverage operators that are not abiding by the ban.

“Therefore, we propose that the licenses of the restaurant operators to be suspended. At the same time we would continue the awareness campaigns against plastic straw usage across Selangor,” he said when met by Selangor Kini at the ICT Bootcamp closing ceremony at Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor, here today.

Beginning July 1, last year, the Selangor administration had prohibited food and beverage outlets in the state from providing plastic straws but said strict enforcement would only be enforced by 2025.

The six-year grace period was given for consumers as well as food and beverage outlets to adjust to the new policy.