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New Straits Times (Malaysia): Call to use less-polluting methods

Thursday Jan 05, 2006
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. – The private sector has been urged to use less-polluting methods and materials and produce more environment-friendly products and services.
In making this call, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said environmental issues have become more important in international trade.
He also called on the business community to do its part by acting responsibly towards the environment as environmental protection and conservation is a joint effort of the Government, the private sector and the public.
“Today, more than ever, markets were emphasising another compliance mechanism, such as environmental or green compliance, and many governments in these markets, particularly in the developed countries, had enacted laws to protect and preserve the environment.
“Therefore, it is pertinent for Malaysian producers and exporters to keep an eye on the development of the many markets for such issues on compliance,” he said.
He was speaking during the presentation ceremony for the Prime Minister's Hibiscus Award 2004/2005.
The biennial award, in its 10th year, recognises and rewards companies, businesses and organisations for their commitment to environmental awareness while successfully operating their business in Malaysia.
This time, the award was won by Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd, which also won the Excellent Achievement Award. Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Jon Chadwick received the award on behalf of his company from Najib.
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