THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is confident that it will receive a higher number of entries from schools competing for the Penang Green School Award this year.
MBPP management services director Mohamed Akbar Mustapha said the award had received overwhelming response from the schools in the past.
“The Penang Green School Programme was launched in 2010. Back then, only 24 schools took part in the programme and compete for the Penang Green School Award.
“The number of entries has increased to 50 last year. The objective of the programme is to encourage students to go green and care for the environment.
“We want them to take proactive measures, such as to practise recycling, to safeguard the environment.
“We hope to receive 80 entries from the schools this year,” Mohamed Akbar said today. He was representing MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.
Mohamed Akbar thanked the main sponsor Mah Sing Foundation for sponsoring RM60,000 in support of the programme.
Also present were representatives from the Education Department Mohd Faisol Abu Bakar, and Zulkifli Mat from the Department of Environment, Mah Sing Foundation senior general manager Lai Kok Soon, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) advisor D. Kanda Kumar and Penang Green Council representative R. Renuka.
By Edmund Lee
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