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Published: Tuesday February 4, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday February 4, 2014 MYT 8:36:32 AM

Not convinced on incinerator's safety

Lai (in green) telling the residents of Taman Daya, Kepong about the possible effects of an incinerator that the Government has proposed to be built across the road from their housing area.

Lai (in green) telling the residents of Taman Daya, Kepong about the possible effects of an incinerator that the Government has proposed to be built across the road from their housing area.

THE Kuala Lumpur Tak Nak Insinerator (KTI) group say they are not convinced that the incinerator in Taman Beringin, Kepong will be safe and cost-effective.

KTI vice-president C.T. Lee said its members had no confidence that such a sensitive project would be managed properly by the authorities.

“Even the transfer station has deteriorated to such a deplorable state,” he said.

“There was no guarantee from any authority over the project and information about it was sketchy at best,” he said.

The group argues that an incinerator produces dangerous gas and the smallest mistakes can have disastrous consequences.

“There have been many reports on explosions, including fatalities at similar plants in China and Japan,” said Lee.

He said it was unfair to compare Malaysia to high density places such as Singapore and Japan, which rely heavily on incinerators.

“Our country does not lack space,” he said.

He added the Government should look into other means of waste disposal and put more emphasis on recycling as well.

“The Bukit Tagar sanitary landfill has not reached full capacity,” Lee said.

“Details on the project seem to be changing every time.

“For instance, the buffer zone seems to be getting narrower,” he added.

The group has been approaching residents’ associations in the vicinity to create awareness on the project.

“We plan to hold a three-day walk to Putrajaya starting next month to hand over a memorandum to the Prime Minister,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region, Family & Community, KTI incinerator Taman Beringin Kepong residents

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