By Suhaila Shahrul Annuar
KUALA LANGAT, March 30 — The state government is calling on food traders to be a part of the Menu Rahmah initiative.
State executive councillor of consumer affairs Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni said doing so will be an opportunity for the less fortunate to obtain food at reasonable prices.
“Traders can set one or more menus which they deem appropriate for sale at RM5 and below, so consumers who otherwise cannot afford it can buy in accordance with their financial means,” he said.
Mohd Zawawi was speaking at the officiation of the Ramadan Murni 3R programme, at the Banting Ramadan bazaar yesterday evening.
Also present were Banting state assemblyman Lau Weng San and Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) President Datuk Amirul Azizan Abd Rahim.
Organised by the state government and managed by MPKL, Murni 3R is aimed at reducing plastic bag usage and realising the used cooking oil campaign.
The Federal government has recently introduced Menu Rahmah, which offers meals priced at RM5 and below specifically for the hardcore poor.
On reduced plastic bag usage, the councillor advised bazaar visitors to bring their own food containers in support of Selangor’s green initiatives, geared at making the state more sustainable.
He advocated for the widespread practice of zero plastic bag usage, adding it ought to be made a lifestyle in the present day and age.
“We are looking to change attitudes, as it is not a matter of fines or incentives but consumer awareness to change old habits into new ones by bringing your own bags, flat bowls or food containers, and reducing plastic bag usage.
“By doing so, such attitude changes will ensure Selangor can become a clean state with cities that are free from waste material and plastic item pollution, something that is still in widespread use nationwide,” Mohd Zawawi said.
Via Murni 3R, the state government mobilise campaigns and programmes to approach the community through the local authorities, religious institutions, NGOs, and residents’ associations.
“It is to publicise the programme so there is a change in attitude among the people concerning the importance of recycling,” he said.