Getting tough on litterbugs

On the lookout: Ong (centre) showing a photo of the van that will be going around George Town checking on the CCTV footages.

LITTERBUGS beware! The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) is watching you.

Its Licensing and Public Health Committee chairman Ong Ah Teong said they had proposed a new method to nab litterbugs — a rotatable closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

“The monitors will be able to rotate 360 degrees and can be temporarily placed at different lamp posts.

“We’ve identified about 20 hotspots in the George Town heritage enclave for this proposal.

“Our enforcement officers will go around to check the footage in a van,” he told a press conference at Town Hall at the Esplanade yesterday.

Ong explained that litterbugs would be detained on the spot or having a compound notice sent to their home through this new method.

“It’s the first time we’re introducing this. We believe it will be able to curb this menace.

“Our Engineering Department will call for an open tender to appoint the contractor for the project before implementing it,” he said.

In an unrelated matter, Ong said the council would be doing bulk waste collection prior to the Chinese New Year.

“The public can call us at 04-2633000 during the office hours on weekdays to inform us the location and time to collect the unwanted items.

“This service is provided for free but it only applies to the residential units only and not commercial ones,” he added.

He said the service was introduced to prevent discarded furniture from being dumped on the roadside.

Meanwhile, the MPPP gave out 850 packets of rice to the council’s odd-job workers in appreciation of their contributions in keeping the state clean.

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