Outcry over illegal dumping of bulk waste


A huge pile of rubbish left lying on the roadside along Jalan Jerau in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: The public are unhappy and disgusted over the irresponsible actions of some who think nothing of indiscriminately dumping bulk waste at public places in the city.

Some want stricter enforcement measures taken and hefty fines imposed on those caught doing so.

There are even calls for the culprits to be made to clean up their own mess.

Kim Teng Park Residents Association Committee member Velasamy S. Pillai said such acts must be stopped as they were marring the city’s image.

“Besides this, the dumpsites will also become a breading ground for Aedes mosquitoes and give rise to other problems,” he said, adding that an old mattress dumped along Jalan Ungku Aziz two weeks ago was still lying there.

He said most of the residents in his area maintained the cleanliness of their surroundings and when clearing unwanted household items, got help from Southern Waste Management company (SWM).

A resident in Taman Pelangi, known as Tey, said it was embarrassing to see unwanted sofas, mattresses, furniture and other items dumped in public places like at road junctions and near signboards.

A mattress discarded along Jalan Abiad in Taman Maju Jaya is a sore sight.
A mattress discarded along Jalan Abiad in Taman Maju Jaya is a sore sight.

“It is a real sore sight. Why can’t they call SWM’s hotline and have them taken away and disposed properly,” he said.

SWM collects domestic waste twice a week and bulk waste once.

He also said strict enforcement was needed to stop illegal dumping.“The authorities should also publicly shame these people, including highlighting their cases in the media so that it is a deterrent to others,” he said.

Housewife Kamisah Ali, also echoed the comments.

“In my area in Jalan Merah, bulk waste and rubbish is piled up at almost every junction.

“The items include old mattresses, polystyrene boxes and garden refuse.

“Dogs scavenge here, causing more mess,” she said.

StarMetro had earlier highlighted the problem of some people turning public places in the city into a dumping ground for their bulk waste.

The areas facing this problem include Taman Pelangi, Jalan Maju, Jalan Merah and Ungku Tun Aminah.

State Local Government, Science and Technology Committee chairman Tan Hong Pin said he was disappointed with those who carried out such acts, adding that those caught faced fines of between RM10,000 and RM100,000.

Tan said Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) would conduct more patrols to nab offenders and issue summonses.

The public who want help to clear bulk waste or lodge complaints on illegal dumping, can call the hotline at 1-800-88-7472 or SWCorp at 07-222 6476.


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