Neighbourly spirit evident as residents dispose of flood waste


Workers disposing of rubbish left by the roadside at Kampung Petaling Bahagia, Jalan Puchong off Jalan Klang Lama. - YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

THE humongous task of clearing up is ongoing in thousands of households affected by the weekend’s floods.

What is heart-warming is that neighbours are helping one another deal with the mounds of rubbish left behind.

Resident Alan Ng, from Taman Buana Perdana in Petaling Jaya, said his neighbour had hired a RoRo bin.

“He allowed us to throw our rubbish in the same bin.

“Thankfully, rubbish collectors are collecting the trash,” said Ng, adding that his car was still in the workshop after being partly submerged in floodwaters.

Ng said residents suspect the floods might have been worsened due to a development project beside Sungai Klang.

“We think the river might have become shallow because of the development.

“I hope the authorities will determine what caused the floods to be so bad this time,” he said.

Meanwhile, a resident saw people throwing rubbish by the roadside of Taman Petaling Bahagia, Jalan Puchong, off Jalan Kelang Lama.

However, he also saw contractors clearing the rubbish.

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah said flood victims needed help to start over.

They require cooking utensils, rice cookers, refrigerators, ovens, as well as items like mattresses and pillows.

“Some of them are traders and need help to restart their businesses,” she said.

Chin hoped the relevant agencies would be more coordinated this time in extending help.

“The monsoon season is not over. I hope there will be sufficient boats, medical equipment and housing identified for flood victims,” she said. — By SHEILA SRI PRIYA

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