THE owner of the hillside-turned-landfill in Taman Saga, Ampang, must get rid of the rubbish within 30 days or face serious consequences.
Hulu Langat Land Office assistant district officer Muhammad Razif Ruba’ai issued a notice to the landowner, Wiramuda (M) Sdn Bhd, instructing them to clear the area within the stipulated time or the land could be confiscated and become government-owned.
The decision follows a meeting between representatives from Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), land office and landowner Wiramuda (M) Sdn Bhd on Aug 21.
Representatives from Sungai Besi–Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) developer Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) were also present at the meeting as the highway, which is still under construction, borders the land.
MPAJ issued a similar notice to the landowner who will be fined a maximum of RM500,000 should they default in clearing the area.
As reported in StarMetro on Aug 10, residents of Taman Saga were plagued by the stench of rotting waste from the land, measuring about the size of eight football fields, and the swarm of flies and insects that came with it.
According to MPAJ, press relations officer Norhayati Ahmad, representatives from Wiramuda acknowledged and apologised to Taman Saga residents, agreeing to be held solely responsible for compliance with orders given by the authorities.
The landowner agreed to take immediate action to remove all domestic waste and residual waste on site while ensuring no parties can enter the site to further dispose of waste.
MPAJ, through its Waste Management Department, will assist the landowner to ensure the waste is disposed of in proper locations, including landfills at Sungai Kertas, Gombak and Jeram Kuala Selangor.
The Land Office’s enforcement department will continue to monitor the process of clearing and rehabilitating the land until the job has been completed.
MPAJ councillor Mohamad Samot @ Samat, who attended the meeting, said he was informed by the council’s Solid Waste Management Department director that there were several areas being monitored as suspected sites for illegal dumping.
“This case will act as a warning to any party or landowner who intentionally leave their land open to be an illegal waste disposal site – if caught, they may be subject to similar actions against them,” he said.