MBSA tightens rules for cleaning contractors

Shah Alam Mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said they have increased the domestic waste collection frequency to four times a week to include weekends as well

CLEANING contractors hoping to get jobs from the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) will have to pass new stringent criteria.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said the council would impose the new criteria on the next batch of contractors that would begin service in January.

In the list of conditions, contractors are required to provide adequate number of workers and proof that the companies have the financial capabilities.

Under the new rules, the fines will be increased for each offence committed by a contractor.

“The current contract ends in December and we are in the process of determining the additional criteria including the fine amount for each offence.

“We need to study the amount, which has to reflect the severity of the offence committed,” said Ahmad Zaharin.

The fine will be issued together with the Notice to Correct (NTC) to errant contractors who fail to complete their tasks.

“We will also be studying the methods implemented by Kajang Municipal Council which has increased the fine rates through its NTC,” he added.

MBSA recently terminated the contract of one company overseeing the cleaning in Section 25, Shah Alam, after discovering that only three workers were cleaning a large area during a surprise visit by Ahmad Zaharin.

The mayor said this during the council’s fullboard meeting.

During the meeting, councillors drew laughter from the floor upon mentioning the number of cattle they have found in the last few weeks roaming in the city area.

Ahmad Zaharin said they could not condone cattle farming in Shah Alam, especially in the city centre, and would look into possible ways to relocate the farms to other areas.

Two weeks ago, MBSA had a small altercation with a cattle breeder in Bukit Subang, after the latter refused to move his farm to a more suitable location.

MBSA has given him two weeks to relocate.

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