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Monday, 20 February 2012 00:00

PJ City Council Launches "The Green Monday"

The Selangor Government has implemented The Green Monday campaign, officiated by Selangor Exco Member, Ronnie Liu (second from left) and PJ City Mayor, Dato Roslan (third from left).【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

PJ City Council officially launched "The Green Monday" at the Kelana Jaya D' Hall on February 20, 2012. Tzu Chi KL-Selangor volunteers were invited to attend this function to share the merits of vegetarianism with the local public.


To promote healthy dietary habits, twelve local authorities in Selangor will consecutively list Monday as "The Green Monday" in their respective zones. Selected as the initiating point, PJ City Council will implement this healthy practice beginning February, with only vegetarian food to be sold in the cafeteria on Monday.

At the launch of "The Green Monday" on February 20, 2012, participating booths promoted organic farming, nutritious vegan meals, recyclable items and so forth. Present at the function were Selangor Exco Member, Ronnie Liu and wife; PJ City Mayor, Dato' Hj. Mohamad Roslan Bin Sakiman; PJ South Member of Parliament (MP) Hee Loy Sian, Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne, PJ City Council personnel and participating parties.

Volunteers from Tzu Chi KL-Selangor attended the function and delegated Sio Kee Hong to deliver a talk on the indispensable role of vegetarianism in environmental protection. He made use of captioned photos, short documentaries, and so on, to briefly explain that the vegan practice is global and environmentally-friendly, and also one of the most effective ways to protect Mother Earth.

Dietary culture of 'more vegetables-less meat'

Selangor Exco Member, Ronnie Liu, said that the launch of this vegan day initiated by the local authority is not a new concept as countries, like Germany, Indonesia and Taiwan have already implemented this practice. He pointed out that he emulated this vegan day concept while he was on a study tour to Taiwan.

He expected that more local authorities in Selangor will subsequently implement this healthy eating habit within half a year. To encourage the public to adopt this vegan practice, he would also try to seek sponsorships, within the next six months, to subsidize 200 sets of vegan lunch to "The Green Monday" participating outlets.

"Most people usually consume more meat and less vegetable, resulting in poor health and are susceptible to illnesses, particularly heart ailments, diabetes, obesity, and so on. As such, it is important to promote public awareness on the 'more vegetables-less meat' eating habit through implementations in Government Departments and agencies, like the Selangor Government Building and PJ City Council cafeteria," Ronnie Liu was quoted as saying after the launch.

Ronnie Liu added that "People who are long-term vegetarians enjoy better health, nicer complexion and are often good-tempered." Nowadays, most people are not health-conscious and adopt unhealthy eating habits and lifestyles. Thus, he said it is his duty, as the people's elected representative, to promote this healthy concept and would do what he preached by switching to vegetarian meals every Monday.

Green food (vegetarian) is good for health

Petaling Jaya Mayor, Dato' Hj. Mohamad Roslan Bin Sakiman, said that Malaysians top the obesity list in South-east Asia and stand sixth in the Asia-Pacific zone. This clearly indicates that most Malaysians are rated below the healthy norm.

Dato' Roslan added, "Although vegetarian food is healthier, it is also imperative for everyone to exercise often. With green food and exercise, you can lead a healthier and better lifestyle. Vegetables contain nutrients that will reduce the probability of contracting cancer." For this reason, he has called on the PJ City Council cafeteria to respond to "The Green Monday" campaign for the sake of the public's health.

Dr. P. Vythilingam, President of Malaysian Vegetarian Society, was very impressed with Tzu Chi's presentation. As he would like to know more about Tzu Chi, he had requested contact numbers from the volunteers. Tzu Chi volunteers were also seen interacting with PJ City Council personnel and other participants, and sharing with them the latest Da.Ai Technology's recycled PET bottle-products, like shirts, blankets, and so on. Everyone present was gazing at the Tzu Chi products in disbelief.

The Organizing Committee had catered for all visitors a sumptuous treat of healthy wholesome vegetarian buffet for the occasion. Everyone was full of praises after the meal. In fact, being a vegetarian is not all that difficult and depends very much on one's determination.

 

A Tzu Chi volunteer/spokesman advocating the environmental friendliness of vegetarianism.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】
Tzu Chi volunteer, Sio Kee Hong, interacting with Global Environment Centre Co-ordinator, Dr. K. Kalithasan.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

A Tzu Chi volunteer/spokesman advocating the environmental friendliness of vegetarianism.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】


Tzu Chi volunteer, Sio Kee Hong, interacting with Global Environment Centre Co-ordinator, Dr. K. Kalithasan.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

Ronnie Liu(left) emulated this
The Organizing Committee catered healthy, sumptuous vegetarian buffet for all visitors, who responded with praises after tasting.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

Ronnie Liu(left) emulated this "vegan day concept" while he was on a study tour to Taiwan. Dato' Roslan (right) called on the PJ City Council cafeteria to respond to "The Green Monday" campaign in the name of good health.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】


The Organizing Committee catered healthy, sumptuous vegetarian buffet for all visitors, who responded with praises after tasting.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

Tzu Chi volunteers introducing the latest Da.Ai Technology's products to visitors.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】


Tzu Chi volunteers introducing the latest Da.Ai Technology's products to visitors.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

 

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