Ongoing campaign to rid Klang of rubbish and dengue

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 17 Oct 2019

Yasid (centre, in orange shirt) with Teng (on his left) together with other representatives from KCCCI, schools and local community at the gotong-royong.

OVER 200 students from three schools helped clean up the Taman Eng Ann commercial area in Klang and as part of efforts to keep dengue at bay.

Initiated by the Klang Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCCI) together with the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), the gotong-royong titled “Clean and Healthy Klang Campaign” saw support from the local community and students who showed up as early as 7am.

“I’m so glad this event went on with full support from all parties involved as it was postponed since September because of the haze.

“It is our responsibility to clean up our town and ensure that everyone does their part instead of relying solely on cleaning contractors to do the job,” said event organising chairman Datuk Jeffery Tan.

He added that the aim of the ongoing campaign was to raise awareness of the importance of cleanliness as Klang was a dengue hotspot.

This year, over 10 gotong-royong activities were carried out around town with another one next month.

Next year, there will be about 12 more of such activities to clean up Taman Palm Grove, Taman Gembira and Taman Setia, among others.

KCCCI president Tan Sri Lim Kuang Sia, who was at the event, said such activities were crucial to improve the quality of living in town.

“By keeping our area clean, we can improve the town’s image and encourage more people to have the habit of keeping their area rubbish-free,” he said.

MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said cleaning up commercial areas goes beyond picking up trash.

“We also have to look at safe food handling to prevent getting infected by diseases brought by rats or even cockroaches,” he said.

“MPK is always committed to ensure eateries operate as per the standards set and random checks are always carried out,” he said.

Yasid also urged shop owners to ensure trash was disposed of properly and not left at the five foot way, back lanes or in drains.

“We allocated about RM80mil for cleaning and rubbish collection and that is a lot of money spent, money that we cannot get back,” he said.

Joining in the gotong-royong was Bandar Baru Klang assemblyman Datuk Teng Chang Khim.

He advised morning and night market traders to take back their trash and dump them responsibly instead of expecting contractors to collect later.

“This should not be the case at all because everyone is responsible for their own waste and it is their responsibility to see it through,” he said.

Teng proposed for everyone to follow three simple steps to help keep Klang town clean and rubbish-free.

Firstly, he encouraged reusing items and do away with using single-use plastic.

“Secondly, every household and commercial premises can reduce the amount of trash thrown.

“On average, every household produces about 3kg worth of trash a day and if you multiply it by the number of houses in Klang, that is way too much,” he said.

Thirdly, he advised people to bring rubbish home to throw in their own rubbish bin.

“I noticed that if MPK provides rubbish bins everywhere then more people will be throwing trash but if there are no bins then it might stop people from throwing altogether, just like in foreign countries where there are hardly any rubbish bins seen and no trash on the road,” he said.

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