THE Johor Waste Management Contractors Association (Perkon) is urging Housing and Local Government Ministry to review the open tender system for hiring of contractors.
Perkon chairman Azharudin Md Sood said there were 338 contractors registered under SWM Environment Sdn Bhd in Johor, Melaka and Negri Sembilan but only 21% had their contracts extended by the company.
“Some of our members have been working with SWM Environment for the past 14 years.
“The majority of us have invested so much in this business and when they carried out this exercise, we felt betrayed, ” he said during a press conference in Johor Baru.
Azharudin pointed out that waste management contractors had been playing their role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and should have been treated better.
“We are also frontliners, who have been keeping the environment clean.
“Our workers risk their lives every day collecting waste, regardless of the number of infections in an area.
“We have been told that one of the reasons SWM Environment instituted this system was to reduce their operating costs.
“But what will happen to the contractors whose contracts have been terminated?
“We want the ministry to intervene and find the best solution, ” he said.
Azharudin hopes that SWM Environment will cancel the open tender exercise and extend the contract of current waste management contractors.
He also claimed that some of the newly appointed contractors did not have a licence from National Solid Waste Management Department to operate a waste management company. — By REMAR NORDIN