Dreaming of a green Christmas

Members of the public lighting up the tree with pedal power.

PETALING JAYA: A Christmas tree lit by pedal power was the highlight of the state’s festive celebrations at 1 Utama Shopping Centre last Saturday.

Young and old alike took turns to cycle on four stationary bikes, wired up to light up the energy-efficient Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) on the tree.

“This is amazing,” said 10-year-old R Muniandy from Damansara Utama, after witnessing the tree light up from his labour.

Thousands thronged the state’s Christmas celebration at 1 Utama to partake of the festivities last Saturday.

The sounds and lights for the night’s performances – which featured singers Francissca Peters and Reshmonu, the Selangor Philharmonic Choir, Deafbeat, and the third KL Boys’ Brigade Company – were powered by biodiesel produced from used cooking oil.

Long queues formed at the food stalls serving up 5,000 free burgers to the crowd from 6pm to 11pm.

Vendors were encouraged to use recycled and biodegradable utensils and packaging, while their used cooking oil was collected to be recycled into biodiesel.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim launched the celebration with Selangor Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim, and executive councillors Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Elizabeth Wong at around 6pm.

The state also gave out monetary contributions for churches and charity homes in conjunction with the Christmas celebration.

Others who were later spotted at the dinner included Council of Churches Malaysia general secretary Reverend Dr Hermen Shastri; Gombak Member of Parliament (MP) Azmin Ali; executive councillor Teresa Kok; Klang Member of Parliament Charles Santiago; Kapar MP S Manickavasagam; Subang MP R Sivarasa; Hulu Langat MP Dr Che Rosli Che Mat; Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo-Burne; and Kota Alam Shah assemblyperson M Manoharan.

Article Source http://selangortimes.com/index.php?section=news&permalink=20111216125421-dremaing-of-a-green-christmas


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