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Friday, 7 April 2017
Broken furniture and domestic waste dumped on the sidewalk in Jalan Batu Nilam 1b in Bandar Bukit Tinggi are an eyesore.
Broken furniture and domestic waste dumped on the sidewalk of Jalan Sri Sarawak 15 in Taman Sri Andalas are an eyesore.

KLANG has generally become a cleaner town over the past few months with increased efforts by the local authority to keep to a cleaning schedule and impose fines on offenders.

However, Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) efforts are inadequate because Klang folk are not doing their part. In fact, they are undoing the council’s work.

Heaps of domestic rubbish, construction debris and bulk waste reappear at the same spot after the council’s contractors have cleaned the area.

The indiscriminate dumping by residents, contractors, traders and even eatery owners takes place in Taman Berkeley, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Taman Klang Jaya and Taman Kem.

As it is Visit Klang Year, MPK, with the assistance of the new waste collectors hired by Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad, are doing all they can to rid the town of its dirty image.

There has been improvement in terms of uncollected garbage and bulk waste especially in the town’s main areas such as Jalan Tengku Diauddin, Jalan Goh Hock Huat and Jalan Gopeng, but a lot more needs to be done.

Heaps of rubbish by a roadside in Taman Klang Jaya paints a bad image of the royal town. — Photos: ELAN PERUMAL and AIMAN ARIFUDDIN/The Star
Heaps of rubbish by a roadside in Taman Klang Jaya paints a bad image of the royal town. — Photos: ELAN PERUMAL and AIMAN ARIFUDDIN/The Star

Even MPK president Datuk Mohd Yazid Bidin, who assumed the post last year, declared that improving the cleanliness of the town was his priority but it was also his biggest challenge.

He said the lack of civic consciousness among Klang residents and awareness to keep their environment clean resulted in the royal town to continue being dirty despite efforts by the authorities.

Acknowledging that the council played its role responsibly, MPK councillor Athi Saravanan, who is in charge of the Port Klang zone, said public cooperation was key towards accomplishing a clean town.

Over the past one-and-a-half years, Athi said he initiated cleanliness campaigns at 15 housing estates in his zone and the situation improved tremendously.

“Numerous gotong-royong programmes worked very well to improve the situation.

“Now, our challenge is to get the residents to keep their surroundings clean, especially those living in high-rises,” he said during a visit to Taman Kem.

The council, he said, regularly collected the rubbish and the residents had a responsibility to maintain a high standard of cleanliness within their compound.

Federation of Klang Residents Association president Datuk Tan Hock Guan suggested for the council to impose stricter enforcement and to have better cleaning equipment.

“The council should invest on equipment such as mobile sweepers.

Athi (right) inspecting a backlane at one of the residential blocks at Taman Kem.
Athi (right) inspecting a backlane at one of the residential blocks at Taman Kem.

“We need the aid of technology as it is impossible for workers to use the conventional broom to clean roads,” he said.

Besides that, Tan said, the council must take stricter actions on litterbugs and those found illegally dumping rubbish.

He said the council’s enforcement team must step up its efforts and issue on-the-spot fines to offenders as a deterrent.

Harid Abas, 57, who lived in a shophouse in Jalan Batu Nilam 5b said although the rubbish collection service in the area improved in recent months, the regularity of the service should be increased to further improve the situation.

MPK takes action

The number of complaints related to garbage collection and waste had reduced by 50% compared to last year, he said.

Last year, the council received 2,103 complaints with an average of 175 a month. This year, there has only been 238 complaints so far.

In Klang, those caught littering would be fined RM10 on the spot, he said.

“A total of 357 fines were issued last year and 89 so far this year,” he added.

A woman spotted dumping rubbish in Lebuh Gopeng.
A woman spotted dumping rubbish in Lebuh Gopeng.

“We are improving at a great deal but there is still much room for improvement,” he said.

Currently, he said the council was on a lookout at the old bus terminal area in Jalan Pos Baru and the vicinity of the Pandamaran Sports Complex to nab litterbugs.

Mohd Yazid said the council provided efficient rubbish collection service at residential areas since KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd started operating in January.

He said there were one or two complaints per day now on garbage collection from residents.

However, Mohd Yazid said the council’s major challenge was high-density residential areas such as flats and shophouses, where residents indiscriminately dumped garbage at isolated areas.

At these areas, he said, residents dumped domestic waste and other unwanted items including furniture.

“They keep dumping at the same spots even after the waste was collected,” he said.

The council have also placed more than 800 mobile and leach bins at the areas to prevent residents from dumping on roadsides and side lanes.

By doing this, he said, the council had reduced illegal dumping of domestic waste by 90%.

cleanliness standard of most of the streets in klang including jalan tengku diauddin at klang south has improved to a greater extent over the recent month.
There are some improvements in Klang as evident on Jalan Tengku Diauddin.

“Our problem is caused by the remaining 10% that has resulted in the town having a dirty image,” he said, adding that the public must play their role effectively in order to keep the town clean.

Besides issuing heavy fines, Mohd Yazid said lorries caught dumping were seized for a minimum of 14 days.

In the past three months, he said the council detained 117 lorries, in its operations against illegal dumping of industrial waste, at various isolated spots.

The contractors were also fined between RM1,500 and RM2,500 for each offence, he added.

“The strategy has been working very well so far as the contractors find it hard to do business without their lorries. The action to detain the lorries will serve as a deterrent to the offenders and other contractors,” he said

Mohd Yazid said most of the illegal dumping sites were at remote spots in quiet residential and industrial areas.

The contractors, he said, often dumped waste at such spots to avoid paying for dumping at designated landfills.

“We have successfully reduced the number of illegal industrial dumpsites from 40 to 10.

“Our enforcement team has been kept on alert and are waiting for public information on illegal dumping activity,” he said.

There are some improvements in Klang as evident in the backlane of Jalan Goh Hock Huat (top) and Jalan Tengku Diauddin.
There are some improvements in Klang as evident in the backlane of Jalan Goh Hock Huat.

KDEB Waste Management general manager Ramli Mohd Tahir said the company managed to resolve complaints within 24 hours.

He expected Klang to be cleaner once the company completes the take over of urban cleaning by mid-2018.

The company, he said, bought 60 new compactors to provide garbage collection services to 68 zones in Klang by the end of the year.

The service has since improved as the volume of daily collection grew from 500 tonnes to 650 tonnes daily.

Source: The Star Online
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