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Khalid Abdul Samad, Financial Times minister, said it was normal to use biodegradable products such as bags, food containers and straws by 2020.
\"We are doing what we can to protect and create a more sustainable environment.
We are seriously implementing the matter with all parties involved, including traders and consumers, \"he said.
\"We want to reach a stage where consumers don\'t patronize stores that don\'t offer biodegradable products because they know and understand the environmental impact of plastic products.
Khalid said after launching a seminar in Kuala Lumpur Bandar Tun Razak on \"coordination and enforcement of the use of biodegradable products in federal territory.
Khalid said in his speech: \"The Ministry, through its ft Green Technology Action Plan, focuses on the implementation of the use of biodegradable products in Kuala Lumpur, putraja and Labuan.
\"The cabinet decided in July 2018 to continue the use of biodegradable and compostable products and to enforce them in federal territory.
\"Various awareness-raising and engagement programmes have been organized with the public and industry participants to raise awareness and highlight the importance of the programme, such as its impact on the Environment, Public Health and waste disposal.
\"The Financial Times banned the use of plastic bags and polystyrene food packaging in last January, and began to force the use of 100% biodegradable bags and food containers in September of the same year.
100% biodegradable bags have the ministry\'s \"biodegradable\" stamps and \"ecology\"
\"Seal of label\" by Sirim \".
However, some businesses have ignored this rule by choosing cheaper, more common hydrocarbon plastic bags, or substandard or counterfeit biodegradable plastic bags.
Business owners in Kuala Lumpur have found that, under the Local Government Act No. 1976, contempt of the ruling will face a compound of the highest RM1, 000, among other things
Their businesses are at risk of failing or revoking their licenses.
The ministry will also ban the use of plastic straws in Kuala Lumpur, putraja and Labuan next year, and implementation will begin on 2020.
\"While policies for the use of biodegradable products belong to the ministry of energy, science, technology, environment and climate change (Mestecc)
The cabinet has decided that since we launched the initiative in 2016, the Financial Times department will continue as a pilot project, \"said Khalid.
\"As a pioneer, we will share our experience, the problems we face and the lessons learned with Mestecc so that they can better implement the policy as it moves towards the whole country.
Regarding the issue of how the FT deals with counterfeit or substandard products, he said that the company\'s law enforcement department must go directly to the plastic manufacturer, to ensure that they use the right resin when producing biodegradable products.
\"This is a stage that we have to go through because we are already involved in this project,\" Khalid said . \".
\"If we can get all plastic manufacturing plants to use the right type of resin, then it will be much easier for Mestecc to implement this policy at the national level.
He added that action will also be taken against companies that abuse the Financial Times department or the Sirim logo in printing biodegradable products, including legal measures or fines.
Details of the plan, including distributors of biodegradable products and Sirim-