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Published: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 1:07:51 PM

KL MPs want qualified firm for the job to operate transfer station

Flashback: StarMetro’s report on  the matter on Dec 24.

Flashback: StarMetro’s report on the matter on Dec 24.

IT IS a dirty job and someone with the right expertise must be appointed to do it.

These were the sentiments of Kuala Lumpur MPs when asked to comment on who should take over operations at the Taman Beringin transfer station which was abandoned by its previous operator last week.

The elected representatives also insisted that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) should carry out an open tender exercise to find the most suitable candidate for the job.

“An open tender is the best way to select the most qualified people to operate the station.

“If DBKL wants to improve its services, it must first be transparent in its tender exercises,” Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw said.

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok added that it was a shame such a situation had emerged and said Kuala Lumpur should emulate Selangor in manaing waste.

“In Selangor, we do not have middlemen to manage waste collection.

“We hire the most cost-efficient company and if they fail to deliver, we will sack them,” said Kok,

In the case of the transfer station, Kok advised City Hall to pick the most qualified company to run it.

While agreeing that qualified people should be given the job, Titiwangsa MP, Datuk Johari Ghani, however, said DBKL should also ensure the machines were in working order so that the contractor or operator could carry out work effectively.

“They cannot wash their hands of their responsibility. I also do not agree with the irresponsible manner garbage contractors dumped the rubbish on the highway. That cannot be tolerated and action should be taken against them,” he said.

On Dec 20, piles of rubbish were dumped indiscriminately on the side of the MRR2 near the Taman Beringin rubbish transfer station after the station’s main operator, Umpan Jaya Sdn Bhd, decided to stop operations abruptly.

It was learnt that the company abandoned the station and locked its gate, preventing the contractors from entering the station.

It was reported the company was unable to continue managing the centre as most of the compactors were not in working order.

Operations at the transfer station have since resumed and DBKL has roped in Alam Flora to help with the clean-up. Alam Flora has also been given the responsibility of running the station until a new operations company is appointed.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Environment, Community, Central Region, MRR2 Rubbish

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