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‘No polystyrene at functions, please’

July 24, 2012

The Raja Muda of Perlis wants government departments and agencies, higher learning institutions and schools to stop using such products.

KANGAR: The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail does not want polystyrene food and drink containers to be used anymore at his functions as such items could be hazardous to health.

He also hopes that government departments and agencies, higher learning institutions and schools will also stop using such products.

Speaking at the launching of a health awareness campaign in conjunction with a breaking of fast function and Tarawih prayers at Istana Arau last night, the Raja Muda suggested that bio-degradable plastic items and easily disposed paper wrappers be used instead.

“Developed countries don’t use polystyrene but paper products like food wrappers instead,” he said.

Studies have shown the ill-effects of styrene and benzene found in polystyrene products on the nervous system and environment.

Also present at the function were the Raja Puan Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah, State Secretary Azizan Hamid and Perlis police chief, SAC Zull Aznam Haron.

— Bernama


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