TO show the people that Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) cares for the environment, there were no utensils made from polystyrene used at its Hari Raya open house celebration recently.
Those attending the function were asked to use recyclable plastic cups, glass plates, steel forks and spoons.
Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan said it was their way of promoting green living.
“We just cannot tell the public to be conscious about the environment if we do not act. We must lead by example.
“I estimate that if the polystyrene plates were used for the Hari Raya open house, there would be about 15,000 plates thrown away into the rubbish bins.
“We incur extra costs by hiring people to wash the utensils but it is for the benefit for the environment,” said Mohd Jaafar.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was seen “pulling tea”, making the famous Malaysian beverage teh tarik.
Some 5,000 people attended the Hari Raya open house at Wisma MBSA in Shah Alam last Thursday.
A total of 21 stalls were set up offering local delicacies like satay, ketupat, lemang, rendang ayam, rendang daging, ice kacang, laksa, tauhu bakar, mee rebus, fried kuay teow, ayam masak merah and Malay traditional cakes.
During this yearly celebration, MBSA also invited 100 orphans to join the gathering and they were treated to duit raya.