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Langkawi Green Recycle Centre Seminar


One of the consequences of the increasing use of information such as “Melestari Keajaiban Kitar Semula Dalam Industri Pelancongan” is becoming more aware of the necessity to develop the first Recycle Centre on Langkawi Island. This was the main driver for organizing this seminar. Hotels, restaurants, Government organizations, institutions, private organizations and communities need to maintain that their information assets are understandable and usable, in regards to recycling and technological changes.

Developing ecological policies and its application experience is still very scarce. The transition of Langkawi Eco System is still at its very beginning. This seminar intends to bring witness and support to this new challenge by inviting speakers that could share their expertise and discuss the issues as well as solutions among the seminar attendees.

Seminar Setting

This seminar was hosted by Langkawi Green Recycle Centre Committee that took place in the very well-equipped auditorium of Adya Hotel. A conference translation service facilitated communication with speakers presenting in both Malay and English. The social program included a marvelous breakfast and lunch served by Adya Hotel to participants and speakers, providing a good opportunity to get to know each other better in a more casual environment. More than 100 participants came from different aspects in Langkawi Island. They represented a broad range of hotels, restaurants, institutions from the public as well as the private sector and brought to the conference a valuable mix of experiences and perspectives.

The seminar was honored by attendance of YB Datuk Wira Dr. Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah; Minister of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), YB Dato’ Hj. Mohd Rawi bin Hj. Hamid; Kedah State Religious, Cultural and Tourism EXCO, and Tuan Haji Isahak bin Murat; Langkawi District Officer. The speakers came also from different backgrounds and presented the audience with different practical experiences, insights and views from organizational and national levels. The presenting speakers are as below:

  1. Mr. Mohammad Tajul Azman bin Dato’ Hj Ahmad Tajuddin – Chairman of Langkawi Green Recycle Centre and Yayasan Pembangunan Insan Langkawi
  2. Mr. Syahrul Azwa bin Idris – Uni10 Energy Sdn Bhd
  3. Mr. Samsudin Zainal – Bionic BCI Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  4. Mr. Sri Umeswaren – Life-Cycle, Mutiara Atiqah Resources
  5. Mr. K K Lim – NGP Technology Sdn Bhd
  6. Mr. Chuck Chuan Ng – KAGC College
  7. Mr. Kevin Chan – Eco Club Malaysia

The seminar left a good impression and understanding to the many perspectives of what can and should be taken into account when defining and implementing recycling policies. The feedback of the participants confirmed that the seminar was very much appreciated as well as the fact that there is a pressing need for opportunities to discuss the many issues and more practical approaches to solution them.

Aims and objectives

The seminar was structured in a way that helped participants to walk through the ecosystem issues, starting from the relevance of the waste management context. Along with, the solutions that have to be addressed, the intended or assumed impact of recycling polices on every individual in Langkawi and finally to the actual implementation of recycling policies.

The objectives of the seminar were to provide solutions to the issues and to identify the contextual influences as well as to discuss the possible approaches for formulating and implementing recycling policies.

The Seminar

The seminar was officiated by Langkawi District Officer Tuan Haji Isahak bin Murat, who gave an excellent introduction to the seminar and overview of the scene. He discussed not only the initiative in the area of Langkawi Green Recycling Centre, but also emphasized several important issues, such as addressing the importance of recycling and awareness especially in regards to the need for education and training.

YB Dato’ Hj Mohd Rawi bin Hj Hamid; Kedah State Religious, Cultural and Tourism EXCO, identified the problem of the ecosystem in Langkawi and he emphasized the necessity for the administrators to become a more active and accepted player in the broader field of the recycling world.

“The landfill is no longer relevant, particularly for areas that receive solid waste dumping. For example, the dumping of solid waste reached 110 metric tons per day in Langkawi can be solved using technology and MOSTI have to spend some money to make studies on this subject,” said Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Deputy Minister Datuk Wira Dr. Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah.

Development of various recycling programs and manuals that could help people understand the issues and guide them in the different areas of information and other essential matters. Informational guides presented during the Langkawi Green Recycle Centre as below:

  • Mr. Mohammad Tajul Azman bin Dato’ Hj Ahmad Tajuddin – Chairman of Langkawi
    Green Recycle Centre and Yayasan Pembangunan Insan Langkawi – ‘Ecosystem and Recycle Center in Langkawi’
  • Mr. Syahrul Azwa bin Idris from Uni10 Energy – ‘Used cooking oil waste management’
  • Mr. Samsudin Zainal from Bionic BCI Malaysia – ‘Social Sustainability’
  • Mr. Sri Umeswaren from Mutiara Atiqah – ‘Eco-Friendly Packing Based on LCA’
  • Mr. K K Lim from NGP Technology – ‘Low Cost Food Waste Composting Container’
  • Mr. Chuck Chuan Ng from KAGC College – ‘Green Education For All’
  • Mr. Kevin Chan from Eco Club Malaysia – ‘Green Island’

The essential core value of the recycle centre in Langkawi was presented based on the functions and activities of a committee organization. In this respect an analysis of a recycling centre was prepared and designed by Mr. Lucas Loo and Mr. Toh Hua Jie; Green Building Consultant and Architect. The concept use of bamboo as construction materials, bamboo can be utilized as a building material as for scaffolding, bridges and houses. Bamboo, like true wood, is a natural composite material with a high strength-to-weight ratio useful for structures. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel. The design of Bamboo Recycling Centre illustration was shown during the seminar showcasing the promises and progress of the theme.


Policies for the ecosystem in Langkawi Island represent an issue that still needs a lot of attention. Little practical experience yet exists and most of the ideas are still rather theoretical. The current challenges that are posed by the existing recycle center and sustainable technology in Langkawi have little impact on society and the communities, that it would require much more comprehensive and sophisticated approaches. The presentations at the seminar showed the broad range of issues involved in this area. There is a firm basis for identifying strategies and for formulating recycling policies, but more practical experience is needed. It all starts with the awareness of the issues at stake at the level of decision makers within the committees. Important in this respect is to have a clear view of the benefits that could be gained, or the other way around, what costs are involved when adequate and coherent policies, procedures and guidelines are not in place. LGRC is eligible and can apply for funding from MOSTI Social.

Innovation (MSI) Fund and Technology Park Malaysia (TRM) amount up to RM300,000 to assist local authorities and Langkawi Green Recycle Centre launch the first recycling centre and introduce new technology to the communities in Langkawi.

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