World Environment Day Celebration:Happython Penang 2017
 

Opening Speech by Phee Boon Poh, Penang State Exco Member, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee Chairman cum Vice-Chairman of Penang Green Council, on 17 June 2017:

World Environment Day Celebration:Happython Penang 2017


Phee Boon Poh, Penang State Exco Member, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee Chairman cum Vice-Chairman of Penang Green Council, delivering the opening speech during Happython at Straits Quay Promenade.
 
(From rght) Aw Yang Jern Chang, The Art of Living Malaysia Chairman & Country Coordinator, Phee Boon Poh and winners of campaign slogan winners.


Participants performing yoga.
  • We are pleased to see all of you to join this event in conjunction with the celebration of International Yoga day, and also the World Environment Day 2017. 
  • World Environment Day on 5 June 2017 is one of the biggest annual events for positive environmental action. "Connecting People to Nature" is the theme for World Environment Day 2017. The theme implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. This year’s theme invites us to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. With this, we are proud to say that Penang under Pakatan Harapan is the only state in Malaysia over the last 10 years from 2006-2015, where not a single square inch of permanent forest reserves has been cut.
  • The State Government has a vision to make Penang a “Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Healthier, and Happier” state. Since 2010, we have kicked start a series of environmental initiatives to promote resource efficiency such as free CAT BUS, No Free Plastic Bags Every day, total ban on polystyrene food containers, giving incentives to GBI certified buildings, building cycling lanes and introduce Link Bike sharing system.
  • We are also a social democratic government that emphasizes public consultation on important projects. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for Penang's South Reclamation Scheme, which is part of the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), can be accessed online until June 23. We encourage citizens to come forward to tell us your thoughts on this project. The public display was conducted by the DOE and the public could send in their written comments to the department by July 7.
  • We have achieved the highest recycling rate in the country of 32% as compared to the national average of 10.5% and hope to increase the current recycling rate from 32% to 40% by 2020. Penang is the first state to oppose Nuclear power energy plants in Malaysia and we will continue to do so. Since 2010, the Federal government proposed building two mega nuclear power plants in Malaysia.
  • We would like to thank The Art Of Living in organising the event today. I hope to see all of you in our next major annual event – Penang International Green Carnival 2017 in September!


Thank you.
Phee Boon Poh