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Post by Mr PaSang   #111139    |    Jul 09, 2015, 5:42pm   |    News
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PORT Klang residents only need to give the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) a call to collect their rubbish instead of dumping it at unspecified areas.

MPK council president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said it saved the council much time and money to collect their rubbish compared to them clearing illegal dumpsites.

He said MPK spent close to RM345,000 from January to June this year alone to clear domestic garbage, bulk waste and garden refuse that had been illegally dumped.

The amount included payment for tipping, workers and for the use of tractors and lorries.

“In June alone, the council spent RM58,300.

“I want people to stop this illegal dumping – just call MPK and our contractors will collect the waste.

1 One of the abandoned shop lots off Jalan Kem is used by drug addicts to sort valuables from garbage. 2 Old furniture, trash and bottles dumped by irresponsible people can become a breeding site for mosquitoes. 3 A crow seen picking through plastic bags outside the old Rex Cinema off Persiaraan Raja Muda Musa. 4 Plastic bags clogging up a drain outside the Rex Cinema.Photos: AHMAD IZZRAFIQ ALIAS

“Assessment rates are being wasted on cleaning as it could have been used to upgrade and install new public amenities instead,” he said.

The number to call is 03-3374 8312 or 03-3372 4820 for the MPK Environmental Health Department.

On Dec 4 last year MPK workers removed piles of garbage from abandoned colonial buildings at Jalan Kem, cleared the wild vegetation, swept the streets and unclogged the drains.

It was estimated that four tonnes of domestic garbage, bulk waste, grass and building debris were carted off from the area.

StarMetro’s report on Nov 25 last year titled “Turning into a ghost town” caught the attention of Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali who then issued a directive to MPK to clean up the place by the end of December.

Azmin added that funds were set aside to ensure MPK could get the job done.

He was reported saying that special attention and additional allocations were given to ensure management of solid waste was carried out immediately.

Bulk waste like old furniture, trash and bottles dumped by irresponsible people can become a breeding site for mosquitoes. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. July 3, 2015.

In October last year Azmin also gave MPK three months to clean up Port Klang.

Mohammad also spoke about the council discovering that scavengers were using the abandoned Rex Cinema in Port Klang to sort through garbage and turning it into a smelly place full of trash and mosquitoes.

Mostly drug addicts steal the garbage at night from the back lanes of shop lots and neighbourhoods around Jalan Tengku Badar, Jalan Watson and Jalan Kem and bring it to the Rex Cinema off Persiaran Raja Muda Musa.

At times, the council garbage contractors failed to collect the trash and more domestic garbage end up in the hands of the scavengers.

Heaps of domestic waste were also moved in the wee hours of the morning into two abandoned shop lots including the old Umno building at Jalan Kem.

“Drug abuse and alcoholism are common and the scavenging for trash is to feed the bad habit.

“Addicts are using these abandoned buildings to cart and sort out valued trash,” said Mohammad.

Taxi driver S. Shanmugam, 51, said garbage was dragged up several floors of the Umno building via the staircase.

“Metal thieves have ripped out all metal fittings, cables and even the lift is no more. Now, the building is just a concrete shell,” he said.

The StarMetro team took a drive around Jalan Bungor, Jalan Seroja, Jalan Damar Minyak as well as Lintang Minyak off Persiaraan Raja Muda Musa and found that irresponsible people have resorted to dumping garden refuse and old furniture on road shoulders.

Klang Consumer Association president Devadass Anjan said the solution is to clean up the dumpsite and install bollards with lights at the road bend to frustrate the people who dumped garbage.

“On scavengers using the abandoned Rex Cinema, the abandoned colonial shop lots and the old Umno building as collection spots to sort out garbage, it is better for MPK to demolish these buildings that have become a lingering municipal issue,” he said.

Devadass advised MPK to work with Persatuan Pengasih Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation that provides rehabilitation services for people with drug problems, in order to move the addicts out of the area.

Source from: The Star
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