Matang and Kerian for new landfill sites

PERAK is planning to create two new landfills to manage the increase in waste.

State housing, local government, public transportation and non-Islamic affairs committee chairman Paul Yong Choo Kiong said the proposed landfills would be located in Matang and Kerian.

“Taiping Municipal Council applied to the state government in 2016 to close the present site in Matang and build a new landfill.

“The state has earmarked a 10ha land next to the current landfill but no approval has been given for its construction,” he said when replying to Sandrea Ng Shy (PH-Teja) during the question-and-answer session at the Perak state assembly.

“Kerian District Council has also planned for a landfill on a 20.23ha land near Beriah,” said Yong.

He disclosed that the state had identified 15 potential landfill sites.

“Although it is costly, Perak needs new waste disposal sites due to the growing amount of waste produced daily,” he added.

Yong said Housing and Local Government Ministry would repair the incinerator at the waste disposal site in Teluk Cempedak, Pangkor.

“A bottom ash burnt waste disposal site is also being built,” he said.He further said discussions were being held between the State Economic Planning Unit and private companies to build a waste-to-energy plant at the Teluk Mengkudu Segari landfill site.

“Using the anaerobic digester system, biogas from waste can be used to generate electricity.

“The project will not affect the state’s finances as the company will bear the cost,” he added.

On another matter, it was learned that the state was working with Telekom Malaysia (TM) to reduce incidents of theft of copper cables at telecommunication towers.

Perak communication, multimedia, non-government and information committee chairman Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Muniam said one of the steps taken was replacing copper cables with fibre optic ones in some rural areas.

These efforts were being carried out in targeted areas, he said.

“We are holding community awareness talks and working closely with the police and local government to monitor the area,” he said when replying to Chaw Kam Foon (PH-Menglembu).

“To-date, TM has extended at least 70% Internet coverage in residential areas statewide. That is about 290 satellite communication towers under its ‘Unifi mobile’ service,” said Hasnul.

Meanwhile, tourism and culture committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said the Perak government had worked to upgrade and promote the Victoria Bridge in Karai, Kuala Kangsar.

“The bridge and Royal Belum State Park are being packaged together.“The state is working with Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council, government agencies and the private sector to promote Victoria Bridge.

“Among the plans is bringing back the Shunter Class 19 train head to place it at the bridge,” he said when replying to Datuk Zainun Mat Noor (BN-Chenderoh).

Tan said discussions were ongoing with Railway Asset Corporation (RAC) for the company to take over the management and development of the bridge for tourism purposes.

“The bridge is an iconic landmark in Perak and has many visitors.

“Having RAC take over the management will help the state provide a more comfortable experience for visitors,” he added.

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