Council supervisors told to ensure high standards of service and hygiene

Prioritise: Johary Anuar urges supervisors in charge of street cleaning and garbage collection to drive up standards of performance.

Supervisors in charge of street cleaning and garbage collection in all local authorities will be held responsible to ensure high service standards by contractors.

Selangor Economic Planning Unit – Local Authority Section deputy director Johary Anuar said grass cutting, de-silting of drains and garbage collection must be performed to the highest possible standards.

“Supervisors must ensure the contractual requirements are met and improve their monitoring of contractors,” he said.

Under the Total Clean PBT programme, Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali had instructed all local authorities to ensure cleanliness and garbage collection are given top priority.

The state government has allocated RM31.2mil to all local authorities to ensure a cleaner environment. Each assemblyman has been given RM10,000 each month over a three-month period to conduct activities like gotong-royong.

Johary added to overcome the problem of illegal dumping of rubbish or bulk waste, supervisors need to engage local residents to come up with a schedule for collection and also ensure that bins are located in the right place.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Solid Waste Management and Public Cleaning Department director Lee Lih-Shyan said supervisors must meet regularly with contractors.

“We do provide operational and follow-up support in case of any failure by contractors.

“Those who consistently fail to meet standards will be given the boot,” he said, adding that individuals must also play their part to keep PJ clean.

“Most of the litter comprises items such as tissue paper and plastic bottles thrown by irresponsible people on the road instead of in the bins provided,” he said.

Azmin had expressed disappointment over the state of cleanliness in Port Klang in October 2014.

This resulted in Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohammad Yacob ordering cleaning supervisors to improve their standard of service.

He said cleanliness, rubbish collection, clogged drains and poor landscaping would be tackled in stages.

“Once the lists of supervisors are confirmed, MPK would give out their contact numbers so that residents can contact them directly.

“All supervisors must settle the problem at the area level and ensure service standards improve,” added Mohammad Yacob.

He said his plan to restore the image of Klang and Port Klang can be achieved with support from all stakeholders.

“We are just asking people to be civic-minded and not litter or dump bulk waste on roadsides,” he said.

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