Friday, October 21, 2016

Budget 2017 highlights - The Star

21 Oct 2016

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tabled Budget 2017 in Parliament on Friday.
The following are the highlights of the Finance Minister’s Budget speech:
* Budget 2017 allocates RM260.8bil, up 3.4% from 2016 Budget Recalibration.
* Government expects to achieve 3% fiscal deficit in 2017.
* Only 2.1 million income tax payers out of 14.6 million of country's total workforce.
* No increase in Goods and Services Tax (GST) for 2017.
* A nation’s economy is highly related to perception, as without confidence there will be no investment to drive economy.
To appreciate the contribution of civil servants, the following was announced:
- To extend the Fully Paid Study Leave with scholarship to the Support Group, which is currently limited to the Management and Professional Group.
- Quarantine leave up to five days without record for public servants whose children are ill and are quarantined.
- Computer loan facility extension for the purchase of smartphones. Public servants can utilise this once every three years, limited to RM5,000.
- An increase to the limit of motorcycle loan facility available for public servants from RM5,000 to RM10,000.
- To increase the civil servant’s housing loans to RM200,000 and RM750,000 from RM120,000 and RM600,000 respectively.
- To complete 30,000 units of Perumahan Penjawat Awam 1Msia at a selling price of between RM90,000 and RM300,000, which is 20% below market price.
- To extend the contract of service and contract for service officers, expiring at the end of this year, for at least one year.
- To address the issues of specialist doctors exiting and promotion delays, Grade 56 introduced between Grade 54 and JUSA C for medical and dental specialists.
- To appoint the first group of doctors, dentists and pharmacists on contract latest by Dec 2016 due to constraint in permanent post. In other words, nearly 2,600 doctors without housemanship will now serve on contract.
For the rakyat’s well-being, the Government remains committed to implement rakyat-centric projects and programs in urban and rural areas, as follows:
- To brighten villages at night, a total of 97,000 street lights and 3,000 LED lights to be installed at crossroads for 7,500 villages nationwide.
- To enhance connectivity of villages, towns and cities, 616km of village roads and bridges will be built and upgraded with an allocation of RM1.2bil.
- To maintain state roads, a total of RM4.6bil is allocated to all states under the Malaysian Road Records Information System.
- To build and refurbish 17,000 units of destitute and dilapidated houses in remote villages and orang asli settlements with an allocation of RM350mil.
- To increase the supply of clean water with an allocation of RM732mil, targeting 5,200 houses and upgrading the Felda water supply system. A water supply fund is to be established immediately with an allocation of RM500mil to address water supply issues throughout the nation.
- To provide electricity supply in rural areas, targeting approximately 10,000 houses with an allocation of RM460 million.
- The Government is concerned about the welfare of urban residences, especially flats. These rundown flats lack maintenance and functioning lifts.
* The Government will implement people-friendly projects with an allocation of RM800mil, with priority given to local G1 & G2 contractors.
* A total of 69 flood mitigation plans will be continued nationwide with an allocation of RM495mil.
* Government to implement MyBeautiful New Home, especially for the B40 group, with an allocation of RM200mil. At the initial stage, a total of 5,000 units will be built with prices ranging from RM40,000 to RM50,000 per unit. The Government will finance RM20,000, while the remaining will be paid as instalments by each owner.
* A total of 9,850 units of houses to be built under the People’s Housing Program with an allocation of RM134mil.
* A total of 11,250 PPR houses are being built with an allocation of RM576mil. The PPR houses are to be sold at between RM35,000 and RM42,000.
To assist in improving the rakyat’s income opportunities, especially the B40 group, RM275mil is allocated for the following:
- Expanding the MySuria Prog nationwide with allocation of RM45mil. Solar panels will be installed in more than 1,600 houses.
- Expanding the Mobileprenuer Programme by Giatmara with an allocation of RM30mil, targeting 3,000 participants using motorcycles.
- Introduction of agropreneur programs to produce 3,000 young entrepreneurs with an allocation of RM100mil.
- Revitalising eUsahawan and eRezeki programmes under MDEC, comprising 300,000 participants with an allocation of RM100mil.
* RM10bil allocated for subsidy, comprising of fuel subsidies including for cooking gas, toll charges, public transport and various incentives.
* To assist paddy farmers, the Government will allocate RM1.3bil to subsidise price, seeds and fertilisers including hill paddy.
* As an incentive to registered rubber smallholders, the Government will allocate RM250mil for rubber production.
* Government to introduce Rainy Season Assistance with an amount of RM250 monthly for three months in November, December and January.
* Monthly cost of living allowance of RM200 to RM300 for fishermen will be continued, benefiting 57,000 fishermen.
BR1M’s assistance for next year, which will benefit 7 million recipients with an allocation of RM6.8bil, will be increased as follows:
- For households in e-Kasih database with monthly income below RM3,000, it will be increased to RM1,200 from RM1,050 and RM1,000.
- For households earning RM3,000 to RM4,000, it will be increased from RM800 to RM900.
- For single individuals earning below RM2,000, it will be increased from RM400 to RM450.
* Bereavement Scheme to be continued with RM1,000 compensation given to the next of kin of BR1M recipients from households and those in the elderly category.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Greener Ipoh by KOHIJAU - Ipoh Echo

For the love they have to make Ipoh the most liveable city in Malaysia, Associate Professor Dr Richard Ng, the President of Ipoh City Watch (ICW) and his team founded the Koperasi Alam Hijau Perak Berhad (KOHIJAU) with a mission to promote recycling for a sustainable environment as part of the Social Business City adopted by Ipoh.

Within a year, ICW managed to collect over 7000kg of recyclable items under its collaborating programmes with Perak SWCorp involving 250 houses in Jelapang. As they earned about RM3000, Dr Richard believes in the potential of making recycling an opportunity to promote social enterprise.

 “After a successful campaign at Jelapang Tambahan, we gathered all our members from ICW and set up KOHIJAU to further improve the livelihood of the people while we do our part in keeping the environment clean,” said Dr Richard during the official launching of KOHIJAU on September 17.

The launching was attended not only by the dedicated members of ICW and KOHIJAU, but also the ADUN of Hulu Kinta, Datuk Aminuddin Md Hanafiah who applauded KOHIJAU. “I would like to congratulate Dr Richard, my former teacher, on his hard work and dedication to create a greener Ipoh.

There is only so much Ipoh city council can do but we hope with the help of KOHIJAU and ICW, Ipoh will perhaps one day, be once again, the city known for its cleanliness,” said Aminuddin. To further enhance the recycling business that will definitely benefit both state and public, KOHIJAU has partnered up with ICycle Malaysia. iCycle is providing a business system which allows recyclables collectors and contributors to earn Recycling Points which can be exchanged with cash or products, a system that is similar to Bonus Link.

The system will be first tested at Ipoh Loyal Apartment, courtesy of KOHIJAU in partnership with Winland Resources Sdn Bhd, the developer of the property. Aside from the apartment, Jelapang, Desa Tambun Indah and SMK Raja Chulan will also be part of the programme. Participating parties will receive account numbers and special bar-codes to stick on their recycling box or bags for tracking purposes. Their collection will then be updated into their personal account which can be checked via internet.

By Ili Aqilah

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

RM1 Juta Untuk Cantas Pokok - Suara Perak

October 4, 2016

IPOH: Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) menyediakan peruntukkan sebanyak RM1 juta tahun ini untuk kerja-kerja mencantas dahan pokok yang boleh mendatangkan bahaya kepada warga bandaraya.

Datuk Bandar, Datuk Zamri Man berkata, kerja-kerja cantasan itu dijalankan secara rutin di bawah penyeliaan Jabatan Lanskap dan Rekreasi MBI bagi mengelakkan kejadian yang tidak diingini, lebih-lebih lagi ketika musim hujan dan ribut.

Menurut beliau, pihaknya telah mendaftarkan kira-kira 5,000 batang pokok di jalan-jalan utama di bandaraya ini di bawah sistem eZe3 yang dilaksanakan sebagai data inventori pokok teduhan.

“Jadi kita berharapkan kepada warga bandaraya Ipoh, apabila melihat pokok-pokok yang besar, jangan terus mencadangkan kepada kita untuk terus tebang, kita utamakan kepada cantasan dan sebagainya.

“Kalau sudah merbahaya sangat, barulah kita ambil tindakan untuk penebangan, itu pun perkara ini akan dibawa dalam mesyuarat jawatankuasa OEC untuk proses penebangan,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas Mesyuarat Penuh MBI bagi bulan September 2016 di sini pada Selasa.

Datuk Bandar berkata, sekiranya terhadap warga bandaraya yang menebang sendiri pokok-pokok berkenaan, pihak MBI mempunyai kuasa untuk mengambil tindakan penguatkuasaan.

Beliau memberitahu, sekiranya berlaku kejadian yang tidak diingini seperti pokok tumbang baru-baru ini yang menghempap warga bandaraya, mereka boleh menuntut gantirugi mengikut prosedur yang ditetapkan.

Beliau menambah, tuntutan gantirugi itu bukan sahaja disebabkan pokok tumbang tetapi juga dalam beberapa kes lain seperti cermin kenderaan pecah kerana terkena batu ketika kerja-kerja memotong rumput di kawasan MBI.

Terdahulu di dalam ucapannya, Zamri memberitahu, setakat Ogos 2016, MBI telah memperolehi hasil sebanyak  RM171.39 juta atau 92% berbanding dengan tempoh yang sama pada tahun 2015, meningkat sebanyak RM2.5 juta iaitu 2%. 

Bagi prestasi kutipan pula, kata beliau, pihak MBI telah membuat kutipan sebanyak RM144.61 juta setakat Ogos 2016, meningkat RM0.92 juta atau 1% berbanding tempoh yang sama pada tahun 2015.
Menurut beliau, secara keseluruhan, MBI masih berbelanja berdasarkan batas bajet dan secara berhemah. 

“Perbelanjaan keseluruhan Majlis sehingga Ogos 2016 adalah sebanyak RM116.16 juta atau 62% dari bajet yang telah dibataskan, berbanding tempoh yang sama tahun 2015, perbelanjaan telah meningkat sebanyak 12.83 juta atau 13%,” ujarnya.

Beliau menambah, bagi pembayaran pula, MBI telah membuat pembayaran sebanyak   RM112.66 juta atau 62% dari bajet yang telah dibataskan.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Bahaya polistirena: Peniaga sokong, tapi... - Sinar Harian

3 Okt 2016

BAGI peniaga atas talian, Nurul Hidayah Ayoub, 30, penggunaan plastik penting untuk membungkus barangan dijual kepada pelanggannya.
Walaupun dia bersetuju dengan cadangan pihak kerajaan negeri itu, satu mekanisme perlu dicari bagi mengatasi masalah itu.
“Jika benar kerajaan negeri mahu melaksanakan rancangan itu, ia memberi beban kepada kami (peniaga) dan juga pembeli kerana kos terpaksa ditambah.
“Ini kerana, kami terpaksa mengguna bahan alternatif lain untuk barangan kami dan ia pastinya mahal berbanding sebelum ini, ia menjadi beban kepada kami dan pelanggan kami,” katanya.
Nurul Hidayah meminta kerajaan negeri untuk mencari jalan penyelesai terlebih dahulu sebelum ia dilaksanakan di dalam Perak.
“Ia adalah perkara baik tetapi jika dilaksanakan tanpa jalan penyelesaian, cadangan itu sukar untuk dilaksanakan,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Pengarah Urusan PCK Fresh Mart Sdn Bhd iaitu rangkaian kedai runcit utama sekitar Perak, Pang Chok King berkata, apabila kempen tanpa beg plastik berkenaan dilaksanakan sedikit sebanyak menjejaskan penjualan plastik serta bekas makanan yang dijual oleh peniaga kedai terlibat.
“Memang sedikit sebanyak akan terjejas jualan kami. Namun bagi saya kempen ini harus dilaksanakan secara berperingkat dan tidak boleh dilakukan secara keseluruhan dengan mengejut.
“Kami peniaga mungkin menerima kesan yang sedikit tetapi bagi peniaga makanan pastinya menerima kesan lebih banyak,” katanya.
Katanya, pihak berkenaan perlu menyediakan alternatif lain terlebih dahulu bagi menggantikan beg plastik atau bekas makanan yang tidak dibenarkan.
“Sebelum ini peniaga makanan banyak menggunakan bekas polistirena untuk mengisi makanan dan jika ia tidak boleh digunakan pasti memberi sedikit kesukaran.
“Sediakan dahulu alternatif lain untuk mereka gunakan sebelum kempen ini dilaksanakan secara meluas,” katanya.
Bagi peniaga gerai makanan, Mariam Shafie, 53, sebagai peniaga, dia menyokong kempen berkenaan namun kerajaan harus memastikan bekas makanan yang dijual sekarang sama harga dengan bekas makanan yang dibenarkan selepas kempen itu terlaksana.
“Sekarang saya guna bekas polistirena kerana lebih mudah untuk membungkus makanan.
“Gerai saya lebih kepada layan diri dan pelanggan boleh mengambil sendiri makanan mereka sebelum membayar,” katanya.
Katanya, jika selepas pelaksanaan kempen berkenaan, diharapkan bekas makanan yang dibenarkan untuk digunakan sama harga dengan bekas makanan sekarang.
“Jika dijual dengan harga lebih mahal pasti mendatangkan masalah kepada kami dan jika mahu ditukar kepada pembalut kertas juga ada kesannya.
“Sebelum ini kami lakukan secara layan diri, mungkin jika menggunakan pembalut kertas agak lambat memandangkan kami perlu membungkus untuk pelanggan dan bukan semua tahu menggunakannya.
“Jadi kami harap perkara ini sudah difikirkan bagi kesenangan semua pihak dan kelancaran kempen dijalankan,” katanya.
Peniaga kedai makan di Taiping, Siti Hajar Ali Asak, 23, berkata, dia juga sedia maklum bahawa mulai tahun depan negeri Perak merancang untuk menjadikan negeri ini bebas beg plastik.
Menurutnya, sebagai peniaga mungkin ia sesuatu yang masih baharu dan tidak mustahil ramai belum mengetahuinya.
“Bagaimanapun, jika dilihat dari satu sudut perkara tersebut banyak memberi kesan yang bagus kepada alam sekitar.
“Apabila beg plastik dan polistirena tidak dibenarkan lagi untuk digunakan, pasti ada bahan lain yang lebih efektif,” katanya.
Tambah Siti Hajar, dia yang sudah berniaga nasi lemak dan makan tengah hari sejak empat tahun lalu juga sudah biasa dengan penggunaan beg plastik dan polistirena, namun sekiranya tidak lagi dibenarkan sebagai peniaga perlu akur.
“Sesuatu tindakan itu pasti ada kesan baik dan buruknya, tetapi dalam perkara ini sekiranya dilaksanakan ia dapat menyelamatkan daripada masalah pencemaran alam sekitar,” katanya.

Bahaya polistirena: Demi alam sekitar - Sinar Harian

3 Okt 2016

LEBIH 280,000 tan buangan sampah bekas polistirena diguna pakai kini manakala, plastik merupakan sumber buangan kedua terbesar di negara ini.
Bahan plastik dan polistirena mengambil masa antara 500 hingga 1,000 tahun untuk mereput.
Penggunaannya yang berterusan dan tidak terkawal bahan buangan yang sukar dimusnahkan secara semula jadi itu akan mengundang malapetaka kepada dunia dan generasi akan datang.
Sehubungan itu, langkah Perak untuk menjadikan negeri itu sebagai negeri bebas beg plastik dan polistirena dilihat banyak pihak sebagai satu langkah yang bijak, namun memerlukan penelitian dalam pelaksanaannya supaya masyarakat mampu menjadikannya sebagai budaya harian.
Kempen negeri bebas beg plastik dan polistirena secara berperingkat mulai 2017 dianjurkan di atas kesedaran untuk menjaga alam sekitar supaya tidak dicemari dengan bahan-bahan buangan itu yang sukar dimusnahkan secara semula jadi.
Exco Kerajaan Negeri, Datuk Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria berkata, jika tiada kawalan, beg plastik dan polistirena yang dibuang akan meninggalkan kesan yang buruk kepada alam sekitar sekali gus meninggalkan pemandangan kurang cantik di tempat awam mahupun taman.
Muhammad Amin berkata, Akta Alam Sekitar dan Akta Kerajaan Tempatan boleh digunakan bagi menguatkuasakan larangan penggunaan bahan itu.
“Mungkin jika perlu beberapa enakmen baharu boleh dibentangkan dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri untuk diluluskan dan dikuatkuasakan.
“Bagaimanapun, kerajaan negeri mengadakan kempen kesedaran awam melalui pendidikan, seminar dan demonstrasi bahayanya penggunaan bahan plastik dan polistirena ini,” katanya.
Jelasnya, suatu tempoh diberikan kepada masyarakat untuk bersama-sama bersedia membudayakan penggunaan beg sendiri atau beg mesra alam ketika membeli belah.

“Kempen ini tidak menjejaskan aktiviti pelancongan malah pelancong sendiri akan menghormati peraturan negeri kerana kita mengambil langkah proaktif bersama negara lain dalam penjagaan alam sekitar untuk kelestarian alam sekitar kini dan pada masa akan datang,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Jabatan Alam Sekitar Negeri, Abdul Razak Abdul Manaf berkata, jabatannya sentiasa menyokong usaha kerajaan negeri dengan kempen tanpa beg plastik berkenaan.
“Kami menyokong usaha kerajaan negeri yang juga ahli jawatankuasa Teknologi Hijau Negeri terutama kempen-kempen yang diadakan kelak,” katanya.

Kerajaan negeri perlu sediakan insentif
PENGGUNAAN beg plastik dalam kehidupan harian rakyat di negara ini bukan satu perkara baru malah dilihat penting terutamanya ketika membeli belah.
Penyelidik lapangan Sahabat Alam Malaysia, Meor Razak Meor Abdul Rahman berkata, jika kerajaan negeri mahu penggunaan beg plastik dihentikan, mereka perlu memberi insentif sebagai galakan supaya masyarakat menggunakan alternatif lain bagi menggantikannya.
Menurutnya, pengusaha industri kilang beg kertas pula perlu diberi pengecualian cukai supaya mereka boleh menampung keperluan orang ramai untuk menggantikan beg plastik daripada terus digunakan di negeri ini.
“Usaha dan komitmen yang diberikan semua pihak penting dalam menjayakan kempen ini perlu diambil kira sebagai permulaan baik ke arah memartabatkan kepentingan alam.
“Justeru, penggunaan beg yang mesra alam atau alternatif lain perlu dilaksanakan bagi mengurangkan penggunaan beg plastik,” katanya.
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, kerajaan negeri melalui portfolio alam sekitar perlu memainkan peranan penting bagi merealisasikan perkara itu.
“Selain itu, pihak berkaitan perlu mendidik bagi memberi kesedaran akan tindak balas penggunaan beg plastik kepada orang ramai.
“Orang ramai boleh membeli makanan menggunakan mangkuk tingkat atau bawa bekas sendiri. Lazimnya, buat permulaan memang agak sukar untuk dilaksanakan, namun jika kerajaan negeri dan agensi berkaitan melakukan secara berterusan tidak mustahil perkara ini dapat dijayakan,” jelasnya.
Dari sudut pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO), Meor Razak berkata, pihaknya hanya mampu mengadakan kempen namun terhad memandangkan mereka memerlukan dana kewangan bagi pelaksanaannya.
“Jika kerajaan negeri atau ada agensi lain yang tampil membantu menyumbangkan dana, kita boleh bantu mengadakan kempen dengan lebih efisien dan efektif.
“Bagaimanapun, NGO tetap meneruskan kempen, pameran serta menyampaikan ceramah kepada pelajar dan selitkan kepentingan menjaga alam sekitar serta cara pelupusan sisa pepejal jika penggunaan beg plastik diteruskan.
“Contoh pembersihan pantai botol plastik, bahan berasaskan plastik boleh menyebabkan haiwan mati akibat tersekat serta beri kesan kepada alam sekitar dan kesihatan.
“Sehubungan itu, semua pihak perlu memainkan peranan masing-masing supaya kempen hentikan penggunaan beg plastik ini dapat dilaksanakan dengan sempurna,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Pengerusi Persatuan Kebajikan Usahawan Gerbang Malam, Ahmad Irwan Othman berkata, setakat ini pihak penjaja belum dimaklumkan secara rasmi berhubung perkara tersebut.
Katanya, sebelum ini kempen hari tanpa beg plastik hanya dikuatkuasakan di pasar raya sahaja dan belum sampai kepada pihak penjaja kecil-kecilan.
“Kita rasa mungkin penerimaan peniaga 50-50. Sebagai contoh, pembelian kasut berkotak, jika tidak menggunakan beg plastik, ia mungkin menyukarkan pembeli untuk membawanya jika mereka membuat pembelian lebih daripada satu kotak,” jelasnya.
Ahmad Irwan menambah, bagaimanapun, pihak persatuan sedia untuk berbincang dengan pihak berkaitan jika perkara ini akan dilaksanakan dalam tempoh terdekat.
“Berikutan itu, kita mencadangkan supaya tempoh percubaan perlu dilakukan bagi mendapatkan maklum balas daripada pelanggan sebelum ia dilaksanakan,” katanya.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Don't be arrogant, Perak sultan tells religious officers - Malaysiakini

27 Sept 2016

The beauty of Islam should be reflected by enforcement officers from the Islamic Religious Department when discharging their duty by practising the missionary approach and calling on the people to do good, said the sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah.
He said they should advise the wrongdoers privately, arranging for guidance and counselling sessions behind closed doors.
"The modus operandi of the enforcement staff of the Islamic Religious Department must be based on a preventive approach instead of adopting a punitive approach," he said at the launching of the logo and strategic plan of the Perak Council on Islamic Religion and Malay Customs today.
The actions of the enforcement officers demonstrated power to the extent of ignoring courtesy, orderliness and politeness, and was not the culture propagated by Islam, said the ruler.
He said the arrogance and disparaging attitude should not be reflected by religious enforcement officers who were in the front line and exposed to public evaluation.
Sultan Nazrin said that those entrusted with the responsibility must be experts in the field, respect the law judiciously at all times without fear or favour.
Meanwhile, the ruler said the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPk) had also taken measures to draw up a strategic plan for the next five years.
"The strategic plan is a component of the inputs containing the framework of action to achieve the mission and objectives of MAIPk," he said.
"New discoveries are found and changes occur all the time. What is considered new today, can become history and archaic within a short time," he said.
Thus, Sultan Nazrin said, MAIPk must always be wary, sensitive and smart to read and interpret the dynamics occurring, and be ready to make transformations to the strategy that had been approved, in line with the current changes and developments in the world and country.
The ruler said that building the image and reputation as well as developing positive public perception on MAIPk was crucial and should be given attention.

Friday, September 23, 2016

KOHIJAU: Perak’s Solution For A Sustainable Environment - Ipoh Guide

22 Sept 2016 by James

A milestone for Ipoh and the entire state of Perak was created last Saturday September 17 2016 with the launch of co-operative Koperasi Alam Hijau or KOHIJAU.
KOHIJAU’s role is to promote recycling for a sustainable environment and to further improve the livelihood of the people by maintaining a clean environment.
The co-operative was set up by NGO Ipoh City Watch as part of its motto ‘To Make Ipoh the most livable city in Malaysia’.
The launch of its office located at Sunway City, Tambun was officiated by Hulu Kinta Assemblyman Datuk Aminuddin Md Hanafiah , Ipoh City Councilor Mazlan Abdul Rahman (Zone 4 / Perpaduan / Ulu Kinta / Tambun) and ICW President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Richard Ng.
Ng who is also KOHIJAU Chairman said the co-operative had teamed up with iCycle Malaysia, a solutions provider of waste recycling system to enhance the recycling business.
The structure will see KOHIJAU providing the business network while iCycle Malaysia will provide the business system.

Under the iCycle system recyclable collectors and contributors will earn Recycling Points which can be exchanged with cash or products similar to the Bonus Link system.
Ng added that KOHIJAU has projected to sign up at least 10 corporate members, 20 schools and 100 individuals to be part of its KOHIJAU-iCycle project.
“Todate, KOHIJAU has appointed Winland Resources Sdn Bhd, the developer for Ipoh Loyal Apartment as its first corporate member.

Other members include Rukun Tetangga Jelapang, the Residents Association of Desa Tambun Indah and SMK Raja Chulan, Ipoh, Perak.
The public be it individuals, NGO or companies may apply to participate in this system where their contribution through recycling and garbage separation will earn them incentives in the form of recycling points. There is no entry fee at the moment.
iCycle Director Dr Tan Ching Seong explained that members will be provided with an account number.
Members will also be provided barcode stickers with their account numbers indicated.
“iCycle accepts all clean, dry and non food items. Place the items in a bag and paste a bar code label on the bag.
“We will collect the bag, sort the items and post your points for the items collected to your personal account which can be checked via internet” said Tan.
Ng anticipated that their members are expected to contribute 10,000kg of recyclables per month.
“With recycling points being given out as incentives in exchange for cash or products, this system can help create a sustainable recycling community”.
Ng added that with the current population of Perak at 2.4 million it is estimated that a total of 16,000,000kg of garbage will be generated each month.
“By 2020, if nothing is done, Perak will have a total of 768,000,000kg of garbage which will end up in the landfills, illegal dumpsites or ocean. As such we need to practice recycling to reduce the volume of rubbish going to the landfill”.
“The national recycling target is 20% by 2020. However to promote the practice of recycling KOHIJAU will work with Perak SW Corp, local councils and other government agencies such as Rukun Tetangga to help promote recycling.
“It is expected that through this collaboration it will help to increase the recycling rate among Perakians to at least 30% by 2020 with some community reaching as high a 60% once KOHIJAU introduces organic waste composting”.