THE level of cleanliness in Kuala Lumpur is still not up to mark, with 11 selected areas surveyed under a pilot programme not fulfilling the “clean” category.
DBKL’s Socio-Economic Development executive director Datuk Normah Malik said under the first phase of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Cleanliness and Area Rating Blueprint, all 11 areas need to do more to improve on cleanliness.
“We have selected an area in each of the 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur to be rated under the blueprint.
“The first phase has ended in October and based on the criteria stated in the blueprint, none of the areas are rated as ‘clean’.
“Improvement are still needed in several aspects and participating stakeholders must work on these areas,” she said during a press conference in Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, after the launch of Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Cleanliness and Area Rating Blueprint.
The main objective of the blueprint is to beautify the city.
It highlights cleanliness and beautification issues and challenges faced in a particular area in the city as well as action plans to clean and beautify the area.
The selected areas were rated based on four categories namely cleanliness (40%), infrastructure (20%), environmental aspects (20%) and community engagement (20%).
Using the Local Agenda 21 concept, DBKL will engage stakeholders and the local community to clean and beautify the areas.
The pioneer programme was implemented in Bukit Bintang in December 2012 and Petaling Street in December 2013.
Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Ikhsan, who was also present during the launch, said residents played an important part in making Kuala Lumpur a cleaner city.
“Although cleanliness covers 40% of the rating, I believe community engagement which covers only 20% is more important.
“As Kuala Lumpur residents, we should keep our city clean.
“The programme is also in line with the objectives of River of Life project and I urge the public not to throw rubbish into rivers,” he added.