Friday, March 1, 2019

Yeo Bee Yin Acts Tough

It was reported on Monday that a total of 139 illegal plastic waste recycling factories which had violated the Environmental Quality Act 1974 have been closed down since January 2019. 

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (left) said from this total, 48 investigation papers have been opened with four factories punished while 44 more were charged with summonses exceeding RM3 million. 

She noted that all 139 factories closed or had their operations ceased were the results of inspections on 239 plastic recycling factories held since the beginning of this year. 

Commenting further, Yeo said the operation would not only continue but would be stepped up to ensure those found guilty would be punished according to the law and also bear the cost of disposing the plastic waste seized. 

She added that when the freeze on plastic waste import licence (AP) was imposed in July last year, the country had 750,000 tonnes of plastic waste. In this regard, enforcement will continue. 

Already, she said a task force has been set up to combat the issue at her Ministry as well as at state level chaired by the State Environment Committee chairperson who is also the chairperson of the task force. 

A good example of a Pakatan Harapan Minister who is doing her job. As we Malaysians say, Talk got, action also got! 

On Wednesday, Neil Lennon felt like he "could fly" after Odsonne Edouard's stoppage-time goal at the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian gave the former a victory on his return as Celtic manager. 

Forty-seven-year-old Lennon (left) was in charge at Tynecastle after being appointed to replace the shamelessly self-serving Brendan Rodgers, who departed for Leicester City on Tuesday. 

James Forrest gave his team a head-start in the thirty-sixth minute but twenty minutes later, Hearts' Oliver Bozanic levelled from the spot after Kristoffer Ajer fouled Arnaud Djoum. 

And just as the game looked to slip away from us, Edouard volleyed in the dramatic winner. The Frenchman did brilliantly get on the end of Scott Brown's cross, pouncing when Hearts defender John Souttar missed his clearing header, to cushion in and send Celtic’s fans into a frantic frenzy of delightful delirium. 

It could be a defining moment in Celtic's quest for an eighth successive league title as they snatched a victory that, for large spells, looked unlikely.

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