IT is crucial that local councils go to the ground to check major complaints firsthand, says Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Paul Yong Choo Kiong.
He said it was important to view the extent of a problem.
“Therefore I have instructed all local councils have such a programmes at least once a month to check firsthand on complaints,” he told reporters after a turun padang (go to the ground) programme together with Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man.
Yong said during the programme, they discovered a house turned into a restaurant which had taken up the entire service road.
He said people had to walk through the eatery to get to the other side of the road.
“This is unacceptable,” he added.
Yong said a nationwide gotong-royong would be organised by the Housing and Local Government Ministry in Teluk Intan.
A session would also be held by Ipoh City Council at Taman Meru 1B in Meru.
“With the increase in dengue cases, such gotong-royong sessions will help in cleaning mosquito breeding areas.
“At the same time, such activities will also help create awareness among residents,” he added.
When asked if the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) contract which is expiring soon would be extended, Yong said the matter would be reviewed.
Yong added he had been impressed by their operation.
“The company had provided rubbish bins in areas in Manjoi and Pangkor, they have the technology to transform waste into fertiliser and to collect household items and other services.
“However all these will incur additional cost, and if the councils increase assessment tax, then the public will not be happy.
“So we have to take into consideration all the pros and cons before making a decision,” he added.
Yong said there were representatives from several other companies which had presented their proposals as well.
“We will make the best decision,” he added.