Higher fines for littering

Litterbugs may be slapped with a higher fine next year, said Deputy Federal Territories Minister Dr Loga Bala Mohan.

He said the ministry was in the midst of finalising the papers in order to impose a new fine.

“We are reviewing the compound. We have to make it really painful so they won’t do it (litter),” he told reporters during a Anti-Litter Operation in Brickfields.

When asked on details including the percentage of the hike, he said he did not have the information but confirmed the fine would be increased.  

The compound for littering at the moment, Loga Bala said, was from RM50 to RM200.

He added the littering problem in the city has been a longstanding issue and the level of awareness towards cleanliness was not satisfactory.

“They (traders and the public) have a nonchalant attitude towards cleanliness," he said.

From January to Dec 14 this year, he said DBKL had issued 2,764 compounds for littering amounting to RM239,700 and 2,665 compounds have been paid.

On the issue of banning vaping, he said they have yet to decide to follow suit after Kelantan and Johor.

“We will do a study to see the demand for it and make a decision on how we want to regulate the vape industry,” he said, adding that the announcement could be in January.

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