A foul stench coupled with “ghost lorries” driving in and out of Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh has residents up in arms.
For over three years, factories and residents of the Chinese new village have had to bear with a large dumpsite hidden behind Jalan Kampung Baru.
Factory owner Tan Bee Fong said it started out as a small garbage area but it grew in size once the land across the stream belonging to the Rubber Research Institute was vacated.
He said at least 50 lorries of various sizes could be seen making their way to the dumpsite 24 hours a day.
A check with MBSA confirmed the area was an illegal dumpsite.
When StarMetro visited the area, we witnessed several lorries dumping garbage brazenly in broad daylight.
Apart from curious glances thrown our way, the people there continued with their activities.
“The dumpsite runs along the stream’s edge and we believe it is over two hectares.
“The workers inside separate the waste dumped near the entrance and only the non-profitable waste is pushed to the back with an excavator,” he added.
The garbage is now almost three- storey high and most of it has found its way into the stream and now, residents are afraid it will clog up the drainage system in Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh.
Initially, said Tan, the stream was some 24m in width but it has narrowed to 12m because of the dumpsite.
Another resident, Chong Fatt, said the areas, including Megamas and Kampung Paya Jaras, all relied on the stream for a good drainage system.
“In the past, this area used to be flooded until it was widened.
“If the stream is clogged up again, it will definitely cause a backflow that our existing drains cannot cope with,” he added.
Tan also said that his workers and surrounding neighbourhoods were suffering from the unhygienic practices at the dumpsite.
He has had five to six workers contracting dengue on two occasions costing him money.
They have resorted to hiring private fumigators to control the mosquito breeding but feel not all the residents are able to do the same.
His sentiments were echoed by two female residents in the neighbourhood who were directly affected by the dumpsite.
One of the women said she was stricken with dengue at least twice a year and has a severe skin problem because of the contaminated air.
“I have been living here for 40 years but have never felt so unsafe in my life. I have rashes and fall ill ever so often. The worst thing is the stench, it is unbearable especially when the wind blows our way,” she said.
Her neighbour said they were forced to keep the children inside the house for fear of the speeding lorries.
Tan said they had lodged many complaints to various government agencies including the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) but nothing has been done so far.
He said the council has issued them summonses a few times but the illegal activity was still going on.
When contacted, MBSA took immediate action by issuing a compound to the operator.
MBSA’s corporate communications and public relations head Shahrin Ahmad said they issued a compound under the Waste Collection, Removal and Disposal (MBSA) 2007 by-law for illegal waste dumping activity.
“We also wrote a letter to the land department to check the status and ownership of the land.
“We need their assistance so we can identify the landowner and take the next course of action,” he added.
Shahrin also said MBSA, through its Waste Management and Public Cleaning department, would monitor the situation.