MPSP to double efforts to make Penang a green state

Mohamed Basyir

GEORGE TOWN: The Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) is set to play a major role in ensuring Penang's objective of becoming a green state becomes reality by doubling its efforts.

Its president Datuk Rozali Mohamud, who was reappointed earlier today, vowed to make sure the state can achieve the target. He is banking on improving the recycling rate on the mainland, which is under the purview of MPSP.

"For now, we are at 42 per cent recycling rate, and in four years' time, we want to achieve the 70 per cent target.

"We can reach the green state status if we set such a high target and put in efforts to achieve it," he said in a press conference today.

Rozali's term as the MPSP president will expire on Dec 31 next year.

Speaking further about efforts by the MPSP, he said that the local council has drafted out a strategy, known as the 'Seberang Prai Strategic Plan' back in January this year to conduct 82 programmes and 202 activities to turn Seberang Prai into a smart and sustainable city.

Among the targets to be achieved through the programmes include striving to achieve a low-carbon city status and reduce waste production by 50 per cent by the year 2022.

"If we set our target low, then we might not achieve lower carbon emission in Seberang Prai," he added.

He also said the state government had set certain targets to be achieved by the two local councils, including MPSP, which involved the installation of LED road lights at all areas and the planting of 50,000 more trees on the mainland.

The oath taking ceremony today was witnessed by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and state Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and state Local Government, Housing and Urban and Rural Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd