Owners complain land in Bukit Kapar turned into illegal dumping ground

(From left) Goh, Lim and Tan hope the authorities will nab those responsible for dumping industrial waste on their land. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

LORRIES are dumping shredded industrial waste on two plots of land in Bukit Kapar, Klang.

The waste can be seen strewn all over the affected lots.

The landowners said three-tonne tipper lorries had used a dirt road off Jalan Kuari Bukit Kapar to dump the rubbish.

Lim Hong Tat, 62, who owns one of the plots, said on May 17, he was told by the owner of the neighbouring plot, Goh Beng Hock, that the lorries were dumping rubbish on his land.

“When I inspected my land the next day, I saw rubbish to the height of 1.5m,” he said, adding that he lodged a report at the Kapar police station and Klang Municipal Council (MPK).

Lim said the wild vegetation on his land was cleared once every three months and that he last visited his plot in October last year.

Goh, who had faced a similar situation earlier, said he had put up a barricade on his land to stop illegal dumping.

The other landowner affected is Jeacy Tan, 57.

“People have told me that the dumping of waste is being done in broad daylight and that the lorries can be seen seven days a week.

“I also understand that each lorry is charged a tipping fee of RM100,” she said.

Lim, Goh and Tan want MPK’s Environmental Services Department and the police to investigate and catch those responsible.

Lim had also lodged a complaint with the Selangor Environment Department.

“When it rains, the waste emits a stench and I am worried it will pollute the groundwater that flows into rivers,” he said.

MPK Environmental Services Department director Zaireezal Ahmad Zainuddin said the council had opened an investigation paper on the matter.

He, however, said private landowners must also take action such as barricading their land to keep trespassers out.

“Our initial findings reveal

that the land has been vacant for some time.

“The onus of ensuring there is no encroachment or illegal dumping on the land rests with the owner.

“It is agricultural land and the owner or owners must remove the rubbish within a reasonable period of time,” he said.

Zaireezal said MPK had cordoned off the area with a yellow ribbon last week and would

monitor the area from time to time.

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