All out to stop illegal dumping in Klang


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

Fadzli holding up the Proud pamphlet that is being given out to residents.

Thirty-one people in Klang had their vehicles seized for dumping bulk waste illegally between January and August this year.

They were also slapped with a RM1,000 fine each.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said the council’s Environmental Services Department, which carried out surveillance patrols, nabbed those involved in the illegal activity along roads that saw less traffic at night.

In 2019, the department impounded 95 vehicles for illegal dumping.

“Under our ‘Prevent, Report on Unlawful Dumping’ (Proud) initiative, we will not tolerate illegal dumping and will go all out to prevent it.

“We have several residents in various neighbourhoods working with MPK’s Environmental department staff.

“Even if the person is dumping one broken sofa or table, he or she will be issued a council fine,” he said.

The Proud initiative focuses on engaging residents and reaches out to the public during community programmes to educate them on the importance of cleanliness, getting people to inform MPK on unlawful dumping and implementing strict enforcement.

“The initiative offers free collection of bulk waste at a person’s front gate. So there is no excuse for illegal dumping.

“We are also seeing large piles of broken furniture dumped in isolated areas.

“On-the-spot fines will be issued as well to litterbugs in public places,” said Fadzli.

He praised the Environmental Services Department employees for their determination and dedication in carrying out patrols at night.

“Illegal dumping is a long-standing problem in the municipality that has squeezed the council’s tax assessment collection.

“People just need to WhatsApp or call to arrange for bulk waste to be collected for free,” he highlighted.

Those with unwanted items that were still in good condition, he said, could also get the council to collect them and the department would find individuals who could put them to good use.

“A week ago, three sofa sets in good condition were collected. These sofas were given to B40 families to furnish their homes.

“What you don’t want anymore may be useful to someone else,” he pointed out.

When asked about an independent survey to evaluate public cleansing services in Klang, Fadzli said based on observation, visits to various sites and interviews with ratepayers revealed that the public cleansing work performance by the private contractors was poor.

“Drains are not desilted, cutting of grass is done without sweeping and collection of rubbish is not done properly as it spills onto the road,” he noted.

“Shoddy work must be stopped.

“Now, with the Proud initiative, area supervisors with MPK’s Environmental Services Department will be made to submit a weekly report.

“On MPK’s side, we will strive for improvement but we need the people’s cooperation not to litter or throw drink bottles into the drains,” he said.

Waste collection and public cleansing services in Klang has been under Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Selangor Menteri Besar Incorporated, since July 2016.

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