The holy month of Ramadhan was supposed to teach Muslims to be grateful of the bounty of consumer goods they are blessed with all-year round. But the concept has somewhat taken a backseat nowadays.
And with it, some shocking statistics about food wastage.
Bernama reports that some 270,000 tonnes of good-to-eat food are thrown away during this time of the year.
According to Solid Waste And Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp), this volume of food could have fed 180 million people and that if piled up, could reach a height equivalent to 30 KLCC buildings.
SWCorp chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor told Bernama that 9,000 tonnes of food are wasted daily.
â€œFood leftovers are the highest component in the solid waste composition scale at 45 per cent, while the cost of managing solid waste in the states under SWCorp reached RM1.4 billion last year,â€ he was quoted as saying.
Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) president Datuk Nadzim Johan attributed the problem to excessive food preparation, especially by hotels.
â€œThe buffet spread prepared particularly by hotels are enormous. In this regard, hotel owners should set up a mechanism to penalise customers who waste food. If the hotels have a mechanism in place, Iâ€™m sure customers will think twice or thrice about wasting food,â€ he was quoted further.