THE IPOH City Council is now considering imposing a RM1,000 fine on those caught littering.
Ipoh Datuk Bandar Datuk Zamri Man said discussions are now being held to impose the heftier fine as the City Council raises it efforts to solve the litteting and illegal dumping in the city.
“We want to adopt a serious approach when it comes to the cleanliness of the city.
“Depending on the amount of rubbish dumped by the litterbug, we are mulling a maximum fine of RM1,000,” he told reporters after launching the monthly City Council-level “Perak Yang Bersih” gotong-royong at the D. R. Seenivasagam Park on Friday.
“The people have been warned,” he said.
MetroPerak reported that the city council would review its current RM500 maximum compound imposed on litterbugs to curb illegal and indiscriminate dumping.
Zamri said that the RM500 fine was set in the 1980s and it was high time for it to be reviewed.
With Perak now ranked the second cleanest state after Terengganu, Zamri said Ipoh wants to be recognised as one of the cleanest city in the country.
“We have held many gotong-royong events and we are glad that more people are now joining in,” he said.
Zamri reminded the people to be positive and to help clean the city.
“We have about 850,000 people in the city. If each helps to pick up rubbsh on the street, our city could be cleaner,” he said.
“We should not be negative and litter, which would cause problems for other people,” he added.
Zamri also said, as of this month, the city council has cleared up some 9,642 illegal dumpsites.
“A total of 2,933 tonnes of was collected.
“We have also issued 2,180 compounds and collected RM442,920 from these,” he said.
On an unrelated issue, Zamri said the City Council’s enforcement officers will step up efforts to round up stray dogs following the confirmation of rabies in a dog in Kuala Sepetang.
“There are no related cases in Ipoh but we will beef up our efforts to catch the strays,” he said.
“We are also encouraging people, pet owners, to neuter their animals so that the population can be managed,” he added.
Zamri stressed that the City Council will not kill the animals, but instead release them away from populated areas.
“Upon receiving complaints, we will be rounding up animals that are aggressive and pose a threat to the safety of the public,” he said.
About 1,000 people, comprising staff from the City Council, various government departments, non-government organisations, Civic Society Council and Residents’ Representative Committees, were present during the gotong-royong.
Schoolchildren from two schools – SMK Raja Perempuan and SMK Raja Permaisuri Bainun – also joined in the gotong-royong event.