Illegal activity continues

Residents taking a closer look at the illegal dumpsite where a fire once broke out in Taman Bukit Kempas, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) has spent about RM200,000 to put out a fire and clean up an illegal dumpsite, which was uncovered over a year ago.

MBJB secretary Abdul Malik Ismail said waste was still being dumped there because permission had been given by the landowner.

“RM200,000 has gone into firefighting and clean-up works for the area but the issue there still persists.

“We will conduct another meeting with all of the relevant departments and gather reports on action that have been taken by each department, ” he said when contacted here.

He added that he wanted the department to take stern action so that the issue would be totally resolved.

“Give MBJB time to do their work as this matter requires cooperation from other agencies, ” he said, adding that this was his stand on the matter.

Meanwhile, former Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian, who is also the Kempas assemblyman, said he hoped stern action would be taken by Johor Land and Mines Office (PTG) or MBJB immediately.

“I took the liberty of placing a concrete barricade at the ‘jalan tikus’ (hidden route) used by the culprit to bring in their lorries to dump waste here.

“But somehow, they manage to destroy that concrete barricade, proving how stubborn these people are.

“I believe that I have done my part, now it is up to PTG, MBJB or state government to take serious action, ” he said.

The Star had reported in August that open burning was taking place case at an illegal dumpsite in Taman Bukit Kempas, more than a year after it had been exposed.

The issue was highlighted in March last year following a tip-off from a reader about an illegal dumpsite filled with construction and electronic waste.

Residents have reported that irresponsible parties are still dumping waste at the site, located not far from the Health Ministry’s Training Institute in Kempas, which has been placed under an administrative enhanced movement control order.

Also located close to the illegal dumpsite is an old folk’s home.

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