No plastic straws after Jan. 1 or risk having licenses revoked, Kuching F&B operators reminded

Plastic straw – File photo

KUCHING (October 19): Food and beverage (F&B) operators in areas under the jurisdiction of the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) could risk having their license revoked if found to be still using plastic straws after the ban comes into force next year.

Such an action would contravene the “No Plastic Straw” policy, which is due to come into effect on Jan. 1 next year, South Kuching Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said.

“This policy could only be successful if all parties and stakeholders were to work together.

“That’s why my slogan is ‘Your city, my city and our city,’ he said during a dialogue held yesterday at the MBKS auditorium, intended to engage all local F&B operators and explained to them the process and implementation of the “No Plastic Straw” policy.

Wee said the policy reflected Kuching’s status as a “Creative City of Gastronomy” granted by Unesco.

Moreover, he also said that the days when the functions of a council were only concerned with the upkeep of the city were over, as now the local authority could also develop new policies, including those focusing on environmental sustainability. .

“The next thing we are going to cover is food waste management. For example, we are going to look at your grease traps. We are not trying to make things difficult in these difficult times; rather, we try to work with everyone.

The mayor pointed out that the ‘No plastic straw’ campaign started a year ago and so far only warnings have been issued to operators who still use plastic straws.

“I assure you all that MBKS would always hold community engagement activities to get public feedback regarding the implementation of various policies and regulations,” Wee said, adding that MBKS would collaborate with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak ( Unimas) to organize more talks for school students and members of the public as a way to raise awareness of environmental sustainability.

Martin E. Berry