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Vendors at cultural fest must follow no-straw rule
Tarikh : 01 Jul 2019  Sumber Berita: The Star Online (Andy Chua)

The 10-day Borneo Cultural Festival will highlight the traditional performances of the native tribes of Sarawak. — Filepic

SIBU: All drink stalls at the upcoming Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) will have to comply with the directive to not give out plastic straws to their customers.

The 16th BCF will take place from July 18 to 27 at its traditional venue at the town square.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will fully enforce the ban on plastic straw effective Jan 1, next year.

Public health and environment standing committee chairman councillor Rhoda Ting said the BCF is a good venue for the full implementation of the ban.

“It is a good start as the public will have more awareness of the ban on plastic straws before its implementation next year,” she said.

Ting said food and drink stall operators at the BCF who are caught flouting the law would be compounded.

“We want all of them to support the ban. Those caught will be compounded,” she warned.

SMC chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King said the council is granting a grace period until Dec 31 to all drink stall operators, eatery outlets and restaurants to clear the existing stock of plastic straws prior to the law taking effect on Jan 1.

“Say No to Plastic Straw” campaign is being included as one of the licensing conditions effective Jan 1, 2020.

“SMC would take compounding action against any food and drink stall operators caught for non-compliance,” he said.

On the BCF, Tiong said numerous cultural activities have been planned for the 10-day event.

“I am proud to announce that BCF is one of the major tourism events in Sarawak. The event has been recognised and supported by the state Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry over the past few years and it is also a significant community development programme under the state Local Government and Housing Ministry for SMC,” he added.