ELAN PERUMAL and OH ING YEEN at the Selangor State Assembly
SELANGOR plans to formulate a new law to check on illegal dumping in the state and bring the culprits to book, said State Local Government committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah.
Absence of such a law has led to rampant illegal dumping of garbage, he added.
“The enactment will allow the state to impose heavy penalties including high fines and stiffer punishment against those found guilty of committing the offence,” he said.
In answering a written question from Mohd Haslin Hassan (PAS-Tanjung Sepat), Ean Yong said the existing by-laws of the local authorities were insufficient to control the activity.
“The local authorities have been burdened with the responsibility of having to provide garbage collection service, cleaning and to check on the culprits who illegally dump garbage including industrial waste all over,’’ he said.
Ean Yong added that he was aware that the cleanliness standard of the state had not been up to mark.
“Local authorities have to ensure their contractors carry out their responsibilities well,” he said.
He added that the state would acquire a piece of land in Jeram, Kuala Selangor for a landfill that could operate between 10 and 15 years.
To Dr Xavier Jeyakumar’s (PKR-Sri Andalas) question on whether the state planned to use an incinerator, Ean Yong said it was still being planned.
On another matter, State Estate Workers Welfare committee chairman V. Ganapathi Rao said 64 former estate workers from the Belata Estate in Hulu Selangor were cheated by a developer who was supposed to build them low-cost houses.
He said they apparently had paid deposits of between RM2,500 and RM5,000 for their houses over 10 years ago but only lodged police reports last month before they informed him of the matter.
“The state is in the process of holding talks with the various agencies to resolve the issue.
“We have been in touch with the workers in our efforts to ease their predicament,’’ he said in his reply to a question from Lee Kee Hiong (DAP-Kuala Kubu Baru).
Ganapathi assured that this would not repeat as future housing projects would be handled by the State Estate Housing Board which would be responsible to ensure estate workers’ housing needs are met by developers whenever an estate is approved for development.