Blue Planet Green Future - War on Plastic Waste

Kuala Lumpur, September 10, 2019

Blue Planet Green Future, an event co-organised by the British High Commission and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) was held at Quill City Mall on 10 September 2019 for the special screening of BBC Studios' Blue Planet II documentary series.

The full-day event, where YTL Corporation Berhad was among the sponsors included an exhibition which featured green tech companies, environmental NGOs and educational institutions. The event showcased the joint UK-Malaysian efforts in tackling plastic waste and protecting the environment. Alongside booths promoting environmental awareness, education workshops were held by ScubaZoo and MareCet to educate and raise the awareness on environmental issues.

The event was graced by the presence of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Princess of Selangor Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. At the event, founders of ‘Zero Waste Malaysia’ Khor Sue Yee and Tin Fong Yun were named the Commonwealth Points of Light for Malaysia for their exceptional work in the zero-waste movement. They were presented with a certificate signed by Queen Elizabeth II.

YB Yeo Bee Yin, the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change who also attended the event announced the set-up of a Malaysian Plastic Pact.

“Plastics Pact will complement and drive our efforts in developing a plastic circular economy as outlined in the Malaysia’s Roadmap Towards Zero Single-Use Plastics,” said Yeo in her speech.

In line with the plans by MESTECC to put Malaysia’s Roadmap Towards Zero Single Use Plastics into practice, all stakeholders will be brought together to tackle the plastic waste problem in Malaysia. 

Supporting MESTECC’s vision that by 2030, there will be zero single-use plastics in Malaysia, as stakeholders, we can do our part by boarding the zero-waste movement. To start off, we can take a more conscious approach to eliminate the use of disposable items like plastic cutleries, paper napkins and plastic water bottles. We can also be more mindful of our consumption of food and products to reduce wastage and to cut down on waste generation. Reuse items in your daily life, be it food and drink containers or grocery bags. Rather than buying, focus on what you have in hand that could be repurposed. Little efforts can make a big difference. Everyone can do their part and contribute to a greener tomorrow. 

Following the special screening of Blue Planet II, the landmark natural history series about the world’s oceans, produced by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit and presented by Sir David Attenborough, will be aired over RTM starting from 18 September 2019 for nationwide viewing. It is hoped that the acclaimed documentary series will help raise awareness about the importance of marine conservation and the perils of plastic pollution.