Residents up in arms over indiscriminate dumping

Garbage and litter strewn all over the road, drains and bushes after the weekly Saturday night market in Section 8, Bandar Mahkota Cheras.

FED UP with the garbage and litter strewn all over the roads and drains after the weekly Saturday night market in Section 8, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, residents are urging the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) to act.

Many residents said they had been putting up with the nuisance of some traders and customers, many of whom were foreigners, littering everywhere.

Akhmal Bakar said it was time council workers did a better job to clean up the mess after the market closes at around midnight.

“I noticed that some of the workers were more interested in looking for recyclable items such as cardboard boxes than in doing a proper clean-up.

“Sometimes, these recycled items will be left overnight before it is collected the next day.

“Some of the traders also take the easy way out by throwing leftover boxes and other trash into the nearby bushes and drains,” said the office worker who has lived there for the past three years.

Another resident, Fern Koh, agreed, saying that such an inconsiderate attitude was unfair to the residents who had to bear the brunt of it.

“We are not against them doing business but they should be considerate of the residents who live here.

“I am sure they will be upset if we did the same thing in their housing area,” the housewife said.

Koh said the rubbish posed a health risk as pests such as crows, rats and stray animals would scavenge for food and could transmit and trigger an outbreak of disease.

Retiree John Lee said despite a signboard warning against illegal dumping, these litterbugs paid no heed.

He said the MPKj should take pro-active measures to stop the eyesore and potential health hazards.

“One option is to consider relocating the night market to another site without blocking the main access road into the housing estate.

“Big garbage bins can also be placed within the night market area to educate the people not to throw empty bottles, plastic and leftovers wherever they like,” he said, adding that with the current hot spell, a fire might break out and spread to the nearby Tenaga Nasional substation.

Sales executive Evelyn Teo also pointed out that the nearby public field was crowded with foreigners in the late afternoon.

“Some of them bring their children along and have picnics there. It is not wrong but some of them throw rubbish indiscriminately, adding to the problem,” she said.

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