THE state government has been working to ensure the Ulu Johan sanitary landfill in Lahat is managed well.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the landfill issue was not only a problem faced by residents in the area, but was also high on the state government’s agenda.
Dr Zambry said the state government was always looking at the best method and technology to manage landfills, and that he often raised the issue with the Ipoh City Council on how to rid landfills of stench.
He was asked to comment on residents’ complaints of foul smell from the landfill and on their intention to take legal action against the state government and landfill operator.
“I cannot stop anyone from taking legal action because that is their right.
“But what I want to say here is that the state government has, and will continue, to take the necessary actions to improve the condition of the landfill.
“We have followed all the requirements stated by the Department of Environment (DoE), and in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA),” he told reporters after handing out bubur lambuk to the state secretariat, and several other government department staff at the state secretariat building’s multipurpose hall.
A total of 2,500 packs of bubur lambuk were handed out during the ceremony.
The staff used 10 cauldrons to prepare the dish.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man who was present at the event said the guidelines of the DoE had been followed strictly.
He said the stench emitting from the landfill was due to the final process of transferring rubbish to be covered, and that it was just a small disturbance.
He said the council had been adhering to all the requirements from DoE and in the EIA.
“The leachate is treated at a pond to ensure it does not flow into a nearby river, and that there is also a buffer zone from the entrance to the actual landfill disposal area,” he added.