Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) paid a glowing tribute to the ‘Wira Oren’ who worked past their normal working hours on Raya eve.
Its mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the orange- uniformed council workers who carry out 3D (dirty, dangerous, difficult) tasks continued their work until 3am on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“The frontline workers were dedicated in sprucing up the city before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“They were originally scheduled to work only until 10pm on Raya eve.
“On the first day of Raya, some 500 council workers were also on duty to ensure the residents on the mainland can celebrate Hari Raya in a comfortable and clean environment,” he said.
Rozali was speaking after visiting the frontliners at the council depot in Taman Inderawasih, Butterworth, on Sunday.
Rozali said they could also mobilise 1,000 more workers who were on standby at home.
He said among those on duty were the council’s 434 service workers, 36 workers from the engineering department stationed at 21 pump houses, 10 workers from the enforcement directorate and 14 others from the crisis management department.
Also visiting the depot were Penang local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo and MBSP councillor Jason Raj.
Rozali also said he hoped the waste generated during this festive season would be reduced.
“Each year, the waste generated during the festive season increased by 5%.
“I call upon the citizens of Seberang Prai to make sure they separate their waste at source,” added Rozali.
Meanwhile, Jagdeep said the two city councils in Penang have a total workforce of 5,000 comprising 1,900 on the island and 3,091 on the mainland.
“I understand that 494 ‘Oren Wira’ from MBSP are still on duty to keep the mainland clean.
“I am happy that since the start of the MCO, both the city councils have been moving around to ensure compliance among the people.
“The war against Covid-19 is not over yet,” he said.