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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Unscrupulous parties have been using Sungai Kelang to dump garbage

Saddening: Rubbish is seen floating along the Klang River.

Saddening: Rubbish is seen floating along the Klang River.

IT’S a decade-old problem — domestic and construction waste being dumped into Sungai Kelang from the Petaling Jaya Selatan (PJS) side of the river.

The authorities have not only turned a blind eye to the situation; they are also passing the buck on which agency should take action.

Dominic Khoo, who lives in Puchong, said he was shocked when he first witnessed the daily dumping.

“Lorries dump the waste at the riverbank.

“The rubbish is then dispersed into the river by cranes. It is a heartbreaking sight,” he said.

Khoo has lodged several complaints with the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) to no avail.

“I have emailed several authorities. All I receive is a thank you note!

“I also forwarded the email to Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo but nothing has been done.

“The dumping still continues,” he said.

StarMetro got a bird’s eye view of the problem from a condo located in Jalan Pipit, Puchong.

Mountains of rubbish were visible at the riverbank. Scavengers were also seen burning tyres and other items at the site.

A StarMetro reader who lives in PJS 3, Joseph Nathan, said two routes led to the riverbank from PJS3 and PJS4.

One route passes the Seri Manja flats in Jalan PJS3/40.

Another is through Taman Dato’ Harun in PJS 4.

Joseph said the dumping mostly took place at night or during the wee hours of the morning, although sometimes it occurred in broad daylight.

About 40 lorries can be seen going in and out of the site daily.

There are people guarding the entrance to these areas, claimed Nathan.

He added that a gate was built at the entrance to the location.

“The lorries carting the waste will usually stop at Taman Perangsang and dispose the waste there.

“Scavengers will then salvage items that can be recycled. The rest is dumped into the river.

“This has been happening for almost 10 years, Doesn’t the government want to catch the culprits and put a stop to it?”, he asked, adding that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should investigate.

Joseph claimed that recently, enforcement officers visited the site and had to break the gate to the entrance to gain entry, adding that they looked like they were from the Land Office.

“Within a few days, the gates were rebuilt and it is business as usual,” he said.

A spokesman from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) said the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) should ensure there was no dumping of waste into the river.

A source from DID however, said it was MBPJ’s responsibility.

“MBPJ must ensure illegal activities do not take place in places under its jurisdiction.

“DID only looks into issues such as flooding,” he said.

Luas could not be reached for comment.

State executive councillor for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment, Elizabeth Wong said it was the duty of MBPJ to put a stop to illegal dumping as rubbish disposal was under the local councils.

“A joint operation headed by MBPJ and including personnel from relevant agencies such as the Land Office and DID, will prevent further encroachment.

“A meeting was chaired by the State Secretary in December over the issue and a clean-up has been planned in the affected areas.

“Operations have already begun in selected areas last month,” said Wong in a text message to StarMetro.

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