Residents plead for help

A resident pointing out the cement batching plant, located less than 200m from the Grand Medini Residence, that has been causing noise and air pollution.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: More than 200 residents of an apartment block in Jalan Medini Utara 8 here are asking for the Federal Government’s help to put a stop to the noise and air pollution they have been suffering from since October 2018.

The Grand Medini Residence Joint Management Committee alleged that the pollution was caused by a cement batching plant operating less than 200m from the residential area.

The plant is situated about 1km from Legoland Malaysia theme park, Gleneagles Hospital, a primary school, and other residential areas such as Elysia Park Residence, Iskandar Residence and Afiniti Residences Medini.

“We have informed Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) and the state Department of Environment (DOE) regarding this issue in October and December last year but so far, no action has been taken to stop the plant from operating.

“We hope the Federal Government or the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin can come to our aid, ” said the committee which met again to discuss the issue last week.

A check by StarMetro from the 28th floor of the apartment building found that loud construction and drilling noises could be clearly heard coming from the cement plant.

“Some of the residents have put up window netting to prevent the cement dust from entering their home but the dust has hardened after mixing with rainwater.

“So this is no longer just noise and air pollution, it has become a health hazard for the residents.

“We hope that the government can take action immediately.

“The state government should have considered the environmental impact of having this plant surrounded by residential areas in the first place before building it, ” the committee said, adding that the residents had been suffering for more than a year.

“The residential area in Medini is a popular spot for foreign visitors to spend their winter holidays. This will result in a very bad reputation for Johor especially during this Visit Johor Year 2020, ” the committee said.

Johor DOE director Mohd Famey Yusoff, when contacted, said the department would investigate and take appropriate action if there were any environmental violations committed by the cement plant.

MBIP councillor R. Shamala told StarMetro that the council had taken action against the cement plant operator who was issued a compound. MBIP has also proposed for the two parties (the plant operator and the JMB) to meet up and discuss the matter face to face.

“We have taken action within the MBIP’s power and conducted surveillance on the plant.

“We are still currently conducting research on the best method to solve the problem, so we hope the residents in the area can give us some time, ” she said.

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