IMAGINE sitting down to a bowl of tasty noodles only to have your meal disturbed by a nauseating stench.
This is what regulars at a noodle stall in the Sri Serdang Flats in Seri Kembangan have had to endure for the past two months.
Sitting less than 100m away from the shack is a pile of domestic and bulk waste, accumulated over some months.
Mattresses, an old sofa, a suitcase and food waste tied up in plastic bags were left scattered on the flats’ carpark grounds.
Standing right next to this mess is a large rubbish bin, filled to the brim.
Winny Chong has been living in the flats for more than 20 years and said this was the first time rubbish had piled up like this.
Sri Serdang Flats comprises four residential blocks and two mixed residential and commercial blocks.
Goh Wan Bee, who had been running the noodle store for seven years, said it was impossible that the rubbish pile was the work of residents alone, and believed outsiders from the commercial area also contributed.
“Some residents asked the rubbish contractors to move a rubbish bin to the carpark so that people would stop throwing rubbish on the ground.
“They placed the bin two days ago but overnight, it was filled with rubbish,” she said.
She added that the large bin was placed in the middle of the carpark, making it difficult for the rubbish truck and cars to enter.
Residents Representative Committee (JPP) Zone 14 chairman Lawrence Chiew, who visited the site, said over the past two months, 50 dengue cases were reported at the flats.
“Apart from the pile of rubbish in the carpark, two other spots within the grounds are also being used to dump rubbish,” he said.
One of the illegal dumps, facing Jalan 18/15, Sri Serdang, is visible on Google Map’s street view.
Chiew said residents were unhappy with the way the flats were managed despite paying RM75 for maintenance every three months, and an additional RM9 for painting works.
However, the management did not paint the building or address the issue of illegal dumping.
Yesterday, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) spent the morning clearing the pile of rubbish.
MPSJ corporate and strategic management deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said the council discussed the issue with the assemblyman and councillor and agreed to carry out a one-off clean-up of the dumps.
He said the Sri Serdang Flats was under the purview of the developer, who had yet to set up a Joint Management Body (JMB). Instead, it has a management agent.
Azfarizal said domestic waste from high-rise buildings such as condominiums and flats was collected daily by contractors appointed by the council while the JMB or management agent had to hire contractors to collect bulk waste.
“Household waste must be thrown into the bins provided and placed in a centralised area.
“This is a parking lot, not a place for rubbish bins,” he said.
He added that the council, through its Commissioner of Building, would help the management set up a JMB.
“If a JMB is set up, and includes residents’ representatives, they will feel more responsible for the area and take care of the environment,” he said.
Azfarizal hoped the management would ensure that all rubbish are thrown into bins in centralised locations and residents would be more civic-conscious.
The council will provide rubbish bins for each residential row at the two mixed development blocks to prevent the residents from throwing rubbish into the bins of shopowners.