(Stock images for illustration purposes) Khalid Abdul Samad said the no-plastic straw ruling would be implemented on food sellers and eatery operators from Jan 1 next year and included in the business license requirements.

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Ministry is serious in its decision to ban plastic drinking straws effective Jan 1, 2020, in its move to advocate environmental sustainability and wellbeing of the capital city residents.

Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said alternatively, straws made from biodegradable materials including paper could be to replace the conventional plastic straw.

He said the no-plastic straw ruling would be implemented on food sellers and eatery operators from Jan 1 next year and included in the business license requirements.


(File pix) Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said alternatively, straws made from biodegradable materials including paper could be to replace the conventional plastic straw. NSTP/ Rosela Ismail

“This effort would not be successful without the cooperation from people from different background, (including) students at the higher learning institutes and Teachers’ Training Institutes (IPG),” he said in his speech at the FT-level National Environment Day at IPG Ilmu Khas on Sunday.

Khalid said such programme should be held continuously to improve awareness on the importance of protecting the environment as a joint responsibility.

Also present was institute director Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali.

It was held in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Department of Environment, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Education Ministry’s Education Technology Division (BTP), Malaysian Universities Debating Council (Madum) and Malaysian IPGs’ Debate Activists (ADIM).

A total of 64 teams from higher learning institutes participated in the four-day event.