KUALA LUMPUR - The Kuala Lumpur mayor has pledged to ride his bicycle to work for five days consecutively if at least 150 buildings here switch off their lights for an hour.
If that takes place, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said he would cycle from his house at Bukit Tunku to his office at Jalan Raja Laut next month.
"Whoever wants to torture the mayor, please accept my challenge in participating in turning off their lights for an hour," he said before launching Earth Hour Kuala Lumpur at Plaza KLCC last night.
He said last year he only offered to cycle for a day if 50 buildings turned off their lights.
"But a total of 86 buildings turned off their lights," he said.
He hoped more than 150 buildings would participate this time.
He also expressed hope that more new buildings would use green technology to decrease energy use.
Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur joined 7,000 cities in 152 countries throughout the world to switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30 pm.
Besides Ahmad Phesal, singer-songwriter Craig David, singer Rick Astley and Petronas CEO and president Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas pressed a button to switch off the lights of the towers during the event.
Eventually, all 88 floors on both towers went dark for the hour.
Also in conjunction with Earth Hour, a music fiesta was held at SSTwo Mall while an hour-long vocal and dance performance by the UKM Green Lung Society was held at the Sungei Wang Plaza concourse stage.
Restaurants at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa featured a "Lights Off at Dinner" dining experience, while The Curve shopping centre organised a three-and-a-half hour-long candlelight dining experience along its food and beverage stretch at The Street.
Avid stargazers attended an event organised by the National Planetarium, while cycling enthusiasts participated in the Shah Alam City Council's night cycling programme at Dataran Shah Alam.