Garbage piling up in Sungai Buloh

THE operator of an illegal dumpsite in Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh has not ceased the activity despite warnings by the authorities.

Operating behind Jalan Kampung, the culprit has been wreaking havoc in the new village with speeding lorries moving in and out of the site for over three years now.

Located by the river bend, the height of the rubbish mound has increased since StarMetro paid a visit to the site a month ago.

In the StarMetro article titled “Residents want illegal dumpsite cleared” dated Feb 5, residents claimed they had fallen ill because of dengue and they could not bear the stench coming from the site.

Village residents and factory owners are perplexed over the operator’s lack of fear for the authorities, including the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).

MBSA had informed StarMetro that a compound had been issued for illegal dumping of waste.

Factory owner Tan Bee Hong said the operators had continued with their work even after the article was published.

Tan said his neighbours were upset that their numerous complaints to the relevant departments have fallen on deaf ears.

Tan’s worker who wished to be known only as Salim said ever since the dumpsite activities began, workers have been running to the clinic because of various ailments.

“Every other day, I have workers falling ill. Our hostel is adjacent to the dumpsite, so it is even worse for us, especially during mealtimes.

“We sometimes find it hard to eat because of the stench,” added Salim, who had been working there for nine years.

The overflowing garbage is now precariously close to a small river.

“Soon the river will be clogged up and when disaster strikes, all the relevant government departments will blame each other for the mishap but it will be us who will be affected the most,” said another resident, Chong Fatt.

They are calling for immediate action failing which they will stage a public demonstration.

MBSA corporate communications and public relations head Shahrin Ahmad said the council viewed the issue very seriously.

“The land is located on Tenaga Nasional Berhad land while the river reserve is under the Drainage and Irrigation Department.

“We have already conducted meetings with the relevant agencies, including the Petaling District Land Office to discuss the issue,” he added.

He said the land office had issued a directive to the dumpsite operator to clear the land and warned that they would continue to monitor the situation with the relevant agencies.

“MBSA would like to remind the relevant agencies and departments to continue monitoring and controlling the activities on their respective lands to ensure it does not become a hub for illegal activities,” he stressed.

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