Up in arms over dumpsite stink

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 12 Jul 2019

Zulkifli pointing to the area behind a line of mangrove trees where rubbish has caused an unbearable stench. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

RESIDENTS in Taman Teluk Gadung Indah (TTGI) in Port Klang are fed up with the constant bad smell caused by illegal rubbish dumping not far from the neighbourhood.

They said they have had to endure the foul stench for nearly two decades.

One of them, Steven Teo Abdullah, 43, described the stench as “torture”.

“I have been living here for five years and the bad smell in the air has taken a toll on me and my children’s health,” he claimed.

“It is difficult to describe the smell. It is like a mix of something rotting, smoke and wastewater. The smell is at its worst around dawn until about 6.45am. And it gets just as bad from around 7pm to 8.45pm. It leaves us all nauseous.”

Some 900 residents live in the neighbourhood of double-storey medium-cost terrace houses, low-cost flats and shops.

Another resident, Abdul Raji Hasan, 61, said little had been done by the authorities to get to the bottom of the putrid smell despite numerous complaints.

Residents claim domestic and renovation waste have been dumped in swamp area facing their houses.
Residents claim domestic and renovation waste have been dumped in swamp area facing their houses. 

“It is relentless. Sometimes the smell assails me before I go to bed and again at 5.30am. We cannot go for morning walks. It is just torture for all the families living in TTGI,” he said.

Residents J. Thirumurugan, 18, and Shahril Kahrudin, 36, said the smell had gotten worse in recent months.

TTGI Residents’ Association chairman Zulkifli Saad, 49, said the smell emanated from rubbish dumped in a swamp area parallel to Jalan Sama Gagah 21, just over the high tide drainage barrier near the houses.

“We have seen domestic waste and renovation debris being dumped at the edge of the swamp area.

“The domestic waste rotting in the swamp water is what creates the awful smell,” he said.

According to Zulkifli, the situation appeared under control for a brief period in 2009 after Klang MP Charles Santiago, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and Klang District and Land Office personnel visited the area.

“I understand the authorities visited the swamp area occupied by a mangrove timber company. After their visit, the stench stopped. But the issue cropped up again around 2014 and 2015.”

He added that the rancid smell returned with a vengeance three months ago.

“There was thick smoke from the burning of rubbish at the illegal dumpsite and that made it difficult to breathe. The air is toxic and harmful, especially to children.

“We believe the illegal dumping of domestic waste in the swamp has started again. People have noticed smoke at dawn from across the swamp behind the thin line of mangrove trees.”

Zulkifli said the residents wanted MPK to remove the waste to get rid of the smell permanently.

“We also urge the Klang District and Land Office to seize the land as its use is clearly being abused.”

When contacted, MPK’s Environmental Services Department director Dawari Daud said “at this moment I cannot comment but officers will conduct an investigation”.

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