Participants at the Penang Forum 3 event today overwhelmingly endorsed the state government’s policy to ban plastic bags.
Penang Forum steering committee member Ahmad Chik requested a show of hands from the more than 300 participants. The crowd responded with a large show of hands and a loud ‘yes’ in support of the policy.
The plastic bags manufacturers should think of the long-term impact of plastic bags on the environment and the wider interest of society.
Penang Forum steering committee
14 November 2010
Penang Forum: Expectations of the elected
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Prior to 14 November, all contestants had declared that they had read, understood and supported the principles contained in the Penang Forum Declaration, first adopted in April 2008.
Hence the elected are expected to promote the rights of marginalized groups (including women, workers, rural communities, youth, senior citizens, the disabled, homeless, as well as migrants and refugees); to protect Penang’s environment and preserve its heritage; to stress balanced, integrated and sustainable planning; to address and respond to urban services complaints; and to cater to the general interests of the entire Penang society, not just those interests of specific interest groups to which they might individually be affiliated.
All candidates, including the elected, were also informed of the following clause in the Local Government Act 1976, Section 10(2) about eligibility and suitability which reads: “Councillors of the local authority…shall be persons ordinarily resident in the local authority area who in the opinion of the State Authority have wide experience in local government affairs or who have achieved distinction in any profession, commerce or industry, or are otherwise capable of representing the interests of their communities in the local authority area”.
Indeed, all contestants including the ten elected, had declared that they do not hold office in any political party or in any chamber of commerce; have not been convicted as a criminal or declared a bankrupt; and that they do not belong to any association that agitates for racial supremacy or racial hatred.
Released by: Loh Kok Wah
(on behalf of the Penang Forum Steering Committee).
14 Nov 2010