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Champion City Builds Sustainable Future



Posted on 25 March 2017
(From left) Mr Lee Lih Shyan, Director, Department of Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing, Petaling Jaya City Council; Yang Berusaha Tuan Johary bin Anuar, Deputy Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council; YBhg Dato’ Mohd Azizi bin Mohd Zain, Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council; Mr Thiagarajan Nadeson, WWF-Malaysia Head of Education and Markets; Mr Joe Tan, Chief Executive Officer, See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad; and Mr Teo Chiang Khai, Executive Director, See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad, at the press conference for Earth Hour 2017.
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Petaling Jaya: The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) emerged the National Champion in WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) for a second year in a row. WWF’s EHCC was created to celebrate cities that are taking commendable steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live in, while inspiring other cities to do the same. MBPJ’s efforts to build a sustainable future were highlighted at the Earth Hour 2017 Night Walk event today. The event, held from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in Damansara Uptown square, was flagged off from the Starling mall and drew a huge crowd of participants who walked the 3km route traversing the Uptown square in support of Earth Hour.

YB Puan Elizabeth Wong, Selangor State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs, congratulated MBPJ for winning the National Champion title for the EHCC 2015 and 2016, and said, “The challenge invites cities to submit inspiring and credible urban development plans that dramatically increase the city’s use of renewable energy. The state of Selangor commends MBPJ for safeguarding the wellbeing of their residents by building a greener, sustainable future. We hope other cities will follow their visionary example.”

“As one of the initiatives to reduce carbon emission in the state, the state government has introduced the Smart Selangor bus service in 2015. This free service has been extended to 11 local councils since its initial introduction. The state government of Selangor has doubled the allocation for this service from RM10 million in 2016 to RM20 million in 2017 in order to provide wider coverage. As this service expands further in the future, it is hoped that the public transportation ridership will also increase, thereby reducing private vehicles on the road, carbon emissions and the need for more roads,” added YB Puan Elizabeth Wong.

Elaborating on their green initiatives, YBhg Dato' Mohd Azizi bin Mohd Zain, Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council said, “MBPJ aims to reduce 25% of our operations carbon footprint for the city by 2020. We will equip each household in Petaling Jaya with a 120 litre-capacity rubbish bin for free, increase the number of recycling centres to facilitate the demand, as well as expand its functions to create a ‘4R’ gallery. Moreover, MBPJ has started our campaign of recycling used cooking oil into biodiesel as part of efforts to promote the use of renewable energy. All these combined initiatives will serve the increment of the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink’ practices of our city.”

“Winning National Champion for the EHCC two years in a row has boosted our determination to build a better, greener future for all Petaling Jaya residents,” added YBhg Dato’ Mohd Azizi bin Mohd Zain.

WWF-Malaysia commended the state of Selangor for their green initiatives, and also joined in congratulating MBPJ for their actions to achieve greater sustainability for the city. Thiagarajan Nadeson, WWF-Malaysia Head of Education and Markets said, “With more than 70% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions generated by residents in cities, the EHCC has been created to mobilise action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate friendly, one-planet future. This complements WWF-Malaysia’s environmental protection efforts, which include forest conservation. Conserving forests is important not only because forests help regulate the climate, but also to safeguard our freshwater supply. We all need water to survive: for our domestic use, to sustain our manufacturing and tourism industries, and also for our food security. In addition, our forests support biodiversity and local livelihoods.”

WWF-Malaysia’s forest conservation efforts include: Advocacy to increase coverage of forest protected areas and working with relevant agencies to improve the management of existing protected areas; improving the management of production forests by promoting and facilitating responsible forestry and trade; as well as restoring degraded areas especially where there is a need to maintain critical forest linkages and enhance the value of forests and its services.

Earth Hour 2017 Night Walk co-organiser the Starling Mall supports green initiatives too. “We are committed to do our part in supporting environmental conservation which is in line with the Starling mall’s brand as an eco and lifestyle mall. Working closely with WWF-Malaysia and MBPJ, we are excited to be able to give our shoppers and community an opportunity to participate in this Earth Hour Night Walk,” said Joe Tan, CEO of See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad. 

Opened recently, the Starling mall is a nature-inspired mall both in its concept and architecture. In line with their tagline ‘The Mall in a Park’, the mall which is part of the See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad Group, has a 27,500 sq ft park and a 50,170 sq ft landscaped rooftop park.

Samsung Malaysia Electronics has also joined in this year to support by being a corporate sponsor for the Earth Hour 2017 Night Walk. “As a global leader in technology, Samsung strives to create positive change and help communities to live a better life that is full of possibilities. Earth Hour is aligned with our vision to protect and benefit everyone by reducing our impact on the environment. We would also like to take this opportunity for Samsung employees to take part in building the momentum towards a renewable future and sustainable lifestyle,” said Lee Sang Hoon, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

“WWF-Malaysia sincerely thanks MBPJ, the Starling mall, the State of Selangor, as well as our corporate sponsors Samsung Malaysia Electronics. We hope that everyone will take to heart the message of Earth Hour by adopting more sustainable lifestyles and avoiding wasteful consumption, as well as supporting the efforts of the Government and WWF-Malaysia to build a better, more sustainable future for us all. Our actions today will decide the fate of Earth, our only home. Please join hands and take a stand for environmentally sustainable action,” concluded Thiagarajan Nadeson.

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About WWF-Malaysia
WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia) was established in Malaysia in 1972. It currently runs more than 90 projects covering a diverse range of environmental conservation and protection work, from saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, to protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas. The national conservation organisation also undertakes environmental education and advocacy work to achieve its conservation goals. Its mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the nation’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.  For latest news and media resources, visit http://www.wwf.org.my/media_and_information/media_centre/

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global initiative led by WWF. The annual event began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since created history as the largest global voluntary action ever witnessed. In 2016, Earth Hour was celebrated in a record-breaking 178 countries and territories across seven continents and aboard the International Space Station, serving as a strong reminder of the globe’s determination to tackle our planet’s biggest environmental challenge yet.

Earth Hour invites individuals businesses and governments to turn off their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change. The people are urged to use their power to show leadership on environmental solutions through actions. Earth Hour can be used as a platform to showcase to the world that measures are being taken to reduce environmental impact.

About The Starling
Developed by See Hoy Chan Sdn. Berhad, the Starling Mall is located in the thriving hub of Damansara Uptown, one of the prime districts of Petaling Jaya.

Named after the gregarious Starling bird, the mall sits in a lushly landscaped 27,500 sq ft park, earning the tagline “The Mall in a Park”. The mall aims to provide a comfortable naturalistic environment where people will be able to relax and get in touch with nature.  The shopping mall boasts nature inspired design flourishes that play on bird and park themes and architectural features that optimize natural lighting to maximize the natural feel within, making it an ideal place for families to meet, interact and relax amid lush greenery. In addition, the Starling hosts a good combination of tenants to serve the needs of the Uptown community.
www.thestarling.com.my

For more information on Earth Hour, please contact:
Suan Tan
Senior Manager, Brand Activation, WWF-Malaysia
(PJ Office) Tel: +603-7450 3773
Email: stan@wwf.org.my
(From left) Mr Lee Lih Shyan, Director, Department of Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing, Petaling Jaya City Council; Yang Berusaha Tuan Johary bin Anuar, Deputy Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council; YBhg Dato’ Mohd Azizi bin Mohd Zain, Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council; Mr Thiagarajan Nadeson, WWF-Malaysia Head of Education and Markets; Mr Joe Tan, Chief Executive Officer, See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad; and Mr Teo Chiang Khai, Executive Director, See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad, at the press conference for Earth Hour 2017.
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YBhg Dato’ Mohd Azizi bin Mohd Zain, Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council presents a token of appreciation to YB Puan Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping, Selangor State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs, witnessed by (from left) YB Tuan Hee Loy Sian, Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Selatan, Yang Berusaha Tuan Johary bin Anuar, Deputy Mayor of Petaling Jaya City Council; Mr Thiagarajan Nadeson, WWF-Malaysia Head of Education and Markets; Mr Joe Tan, Chief Executive Officer, See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad; and Mr Teo Chiang Khai, Executive Director, See Hoy Chan Sdn Berhad.
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About 2,500 people turned up for the Earth Hour 2017 Night Walk at the Starling mall, Damansara Uptown on 25 March 2017.
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(Standing next to panda mascot) YB Puan Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping, Selangor State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs, flagged off the Earth Hour 2017 Night Walk.
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