We have you on camera, MPS tells illegal dumpers

MPS placing concrete barriers to prevent lorries from illegally entering and dumping rubbish at a plot of land along Jalan Sungai Tua Ulu Yam, which was among the hotspots identified. — Filepic

HABITUAL offenders of illegal dumping in Selayang, beware!

Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) has installed 10 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in locations identified as hotspots for illegal dumping.

Council president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor said those sites were identified via regular patrols by its officers as well as tip-offs from the public.

“We began installing the cameras last year and since then, we have discovered about 20 cases of illegal dumping on average each month.

“The cameras capture the culprits’ vehicle plate number, which we will then check with Road Transport Department to determine the owner and bring them to book.”

He said offenders were fined RM1,000 under the Discharge, Collection and Disposal (MPS) 2007 by-law.

He announced that the council was mulling a budget of RM300,000 to instal more CCTV cameras in the municipality next year.

“So far, we have identified 24 hotspots, of which two are considered active.

“Once an area is no longer deemed a hotspot, the camera will be relocated to another hotspot,” he said after chairing the full board meeting at the council’s headquarters.

Separately, business proprietors in the Selayang municipality now have an option to renew and apply for business permits and licences online via the eLesen system.

Shamsul expressed hope that more people would make use of the online service instead of going to the council’s headquarters or branch office to file applications.

“We usually see crowds coming in to apply or renew licences at the end of year when their licences are almost expiring.

“But in light of the movement control order, we hope to limit foot traffic in MPS premises and people can apply via the eLesen platform from the comfort of their own home,” he said.

The council president said users, however, would have to pay a processing fee for online application — RM4 for new licences, RM3 for permits and RM2 to update their details.

“But they save in terms of transportation costs to MPS office.”

And, he added, it was safer for the people to avoid crowds amid this pandemic.

Shamsul also reminded business owners to renew their licence before Dec 31 to avoid paying the 10% late renewal fee.

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