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Undercover officers out to get litterbugs in DU


Jalan SS21/1A is an eyesore on a regular day, with rubbish piled up on the pavement facing the main road.

Jalan SS21/1A is an eyesore on a regular day, with rubbish piled up on the pavement facing the main road.

DAMANSARA Utama (DU) residents and shop owners who dump waste illegally, beware.

Undercover inspectors from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) are watching you constantly and they will issue summonses on the spot.

Maximum compound of RM1,000 will be issued to wrongdoers caught in the act.

Litterbugs who refuse to pay the compounds could be brought to court under the Collection, Disposal and Clearance of Trash By-Laws (MBPJ) 2007.

An MBPJ officer issuing a compound to a man caught dumping rubbish along Jalan SS21/1A at night.

An MBPJ officer issuing a compound to a man caught dumping rubbish along Jalan SS21/1A at night

The presence of the undercover inspectors were confirmed by Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin and MBPJ Zone 5 area councillor Ang Ming Fern.

Yeo said the authorities are especially keeping watch at Jalan SS21/1A which was an illegal dumping hotspot for over three years.

She said the road lies between residential homes and a long row of shoplots, and is heavily used as it is linked by the Sprint Highway and the DU roundabout.

“People need to know the severity of their offence, and that illegal dumping is a punishable offence,” said Yeo, adding that some people also dumped rubbish beside empty bins which did not make sense.

“I have also proposed to MBPJ that offenders who are caught should not be given any discounts, as they have been duly notified.

“Also, I suggest businesses should have their licence revoked if they are caught red-handed three times,” said Yeo.

Ang said MBPJ had been issuing notices over the years to shop owners and individuals, as well as providing large bins along some roads, but to no avail.

The introduction of compounds and regular monitoring started in July this year and it improved the cleanliness of the DU area,

He said MBPJ would soon start inspecting other illegal dumpsites in Petaling Jaya.

Over 19 compounds, he said, were issued to offenders caught along Jalan SS21/1A and in surrounding areas, 12 of which were identified as businesses.

“This is the dirtiest street within the area, alongside the section facing the LDP.

“Some people even drive by in cars to dump their bags of rubbish along the road,” added Ang.

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