Most Labuan food premises comply with plastic straw ban

LABUAN (BERNAMA) – The majority of eateries in Labuan have been fully complying with the ban on the use of plastic drinking straws that took effect on January 1.

Awareness campaigns on the negative effects of using the conventional plastic straws had been held throughout 2019 until the ban was enforced beginning early this year, Malaysian Federal Territories Ministry Strategic Development Division secretary Lokman Jaaman said.

He said an operation conducted on food premises at the Financial Park Complex and in downtown found that only a few eateries have yet to comply with the ruling.

“We have issued reminder notices to those who have not complied with the ban, as it is the ministry’s friendly approach of educating the operators to slowly adhere to the rules,” he told reporters at the end of the operation at the Financial Park Complex yesterday.

He said only straws made from biodegradable material (as recommended and approved by the local authorities) or paper could be used instead of conventional plastic straws.