SELANGOR Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has urged KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd to give greater attention to domestic waste collection and ensure workers do not shirk their duties.
During his visit to Kampung Tengah in Gombak under the Peduli Rakyat Initiative, Azmin expressed his displeasure at receiving complaints from residents that workers failed to collect domestic rubbish left next to bins.
“I am not happy with the management of waste collection in Kampung Tengah, Kampung Kerdas and Kampung Changkat.
“I want KDEB to have short- and long-term waste management planning for these three villages as well as other areas and our team will monitor this closely.
“All the state excos must monitor the maintenance works in their constituencies,” he added.
Azmin instructed KDEB’s general manager Ramli Mohd Tahir to send a back-up team as a quick solution.
KDEB must have a strong team with credible contractors and a good workforce, he said.
“Workers were seen at Jalan Tengah 7, about noon on Saturday, but they had refused to collect the rubbish placed beside the bins.
“As the bins are too small for some items, they must collect the rubbish left next to them unless and until bigger bins are provided,” he added.
KDEB Waste Management, a state firm, took over management of rubbish collection from July 1 last year.
It began as a pilot project in Klang before overseeing other districts. Although KDEB Waste Management did not act as a rubbish collector, the company monitors to ensure that sub-contractors, appointed via open tender, were effectively collecting household rubbish across the state.
Ramli, when contacted, said he had visited the three villages.
“Regarding complaints that the contractors who refused to collect the domestic rubbish, it was because the team was assigned to bulk waste.
“Domestic waste was collected a day earlier as scheduled.
“Waste outside the bins will also be collected,” he said.
Ramli added that a long-term plan would be drawn up.
For residents living in Kampung Kerdas 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Kampung Tengah 1, 3, 5 and 7; Taman Melewar Indah and Taman Kenangan, domestic waste is collected on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, domestic waste is collected at Kampung Changkat, Kampung Simpang 3, Taman Gombak Jaya and Taman Kamariah.