BUILT TO LAST: State calls for more widespread use of effective microorganism technology in the property development industry
JOHOR BARU: THE state government is urging the Johor branch of the Real Estate And Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) to utilise effective microorganism (EM) technology in property development.
State Housing, Local Government, Works and Public Amenities Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil made the call at the launch of the month-long "EM and Me Exhibition" at Sutera Mall, here.
Zahri lauded the shopping mall's owner and manager Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd, for using EM technology in all its development projects here as well as in the cleaning and maintenance of the mall in the past two years.
"I was the State Agriculture, Heritage and Rural Development committee chairman when I first heard about EM. It sounded strange and crazy then.
"We introduced the technology to Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who was very receptive and adopted it in Johor for projects such as the rehabilitation of rivers and landscaping, among others," he said.
"If every one of the over 60 food and beverage outlet operators in Sutera Mall were to use their food wastes as a cleaning agent, the Seelong landfill site in Senai would last longer.
"Embracing the technology is also a cheaper and healthier way to live," he added.
Ahmad Zahri said it is hoped Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) and the private sector in Iskandar Malaysia could also help to make the use of the technology more widespread.
Tanah Sutera Development general manager Steven Shum said the company would continue to try to change the public mindset concerning EM and the 5Rs -- Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Responsibility.
"We also want to educate the public on how to turn garbage into gold. We can do this by sharing our knowledge on how to turn food wastes into fertilisers and cleaning agents.
"Lastly, there are plans to set up a wellness centre to promote good health and general wellbeing for those who choose to incorporate EM in their lifestyle," said Shum.