SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) should not stop the door-to-door bulk waste collection service for the forthcoming Chinese New year celebration as households are paying the yearly assessment rates.
Speaking at a press conference, Bukit Assek assemblyman Irene Chang said under the Local Authorities (Rating) Regulations 1997, the council is empowered to make regulations on the rates for each service provided by them.
“And under this list of services provided, there is one called ‘scavenging’. And scavenging refers to the service of collecting refuse by the council or its agents, ” she said.
Chang said the term “refuse” should include all kinds of waste, big and small, as it was not specifically stated that it should only be confined to small everyday household waste.“While I agree with SMC chairman Clarence Ting’s statement that the people of Sibu need to do more and change their habits in disposing of rubbish, I do not agree with stopping the door-to-door collection of bulk waste in this hasty manner, ” she said.
She added that it was not right to tell the people that if they want this service to come to their doorstep, they have to go to the Urban Transformation Centre to pay an extra RM40.
“This is especially so since ratepayers are already paying SMC for the service. And now they are charging those who require the service an extra RM40 on top of the 4% assessment charged, ” she said.
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