RM2.2mil spent on flood clean-up, repair works in Kajang

Residents cleaning their house after floods hit Lembah Mewah Kajang on Dec 18 last year. MPKj spent RM294,000 for emergency post-flood clean-ups. — Filepic

CLEAN-UP and repair work in the Kajang municipality after the devastating floods that hit several parts of the country on Dec 18, cost RM2.2mil.

The figure does not include expenses such as food, transport and accommodation for those involved.

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Najmuddin Jemain, who revealed this at the full board meeting yesterday, said a total of 23,734.7 tonnes of bulk waste were collected by the local council and KDEB Waste Management, with disposal costing RM640,836.90.

He said the state mobilised three waste transfer stations in the Hulu Langat district, namely in Sungai Lui, Batu 14 and Taman Sri Nanding, to speed up waste collection before transferring it to a bulk waste dumpsite in Jalan Sungai Lalang, Semenyih.

He added that the council spent RM294,000 for emergency post-flood clean-ups.

Another RM200,000 was used to dispose of waste and for land restoration works at the waste transfer station in Taman Sri Nanding.

“All three waste transfer stations have been cleared by Jan 24,” said Najmuddin.

“MPKj also took the initiative to clear up the land in Taman Sri Nanding used as a waste transfer station, which included cleaning the drains in the surrounding area and repairing a damaged fence.

“A total of RM62,400 was spent on machinery rental and another RM121,700 to build culverts and repair broken drains, with money from the Hulu Langat District Disaster Management Fund.

“Estimated cost of logistical assistance donated by several agencies was RM912,500,” he said, adding that he was thankful for all the assistance rendered by various agencies, organisations and volunteers.

Najmuddin said MPKj donated some cash and electrical items on Jan 21 to council employees whose homes were damaged by the floods, and allocated RM43,200 worth of vouchers for household items to be distributed to flood victims by nine councillors.

At the meeting, Najmuddin also announced several giveaways for residents in the municipality in conjunction with MPKj’s silver jubilee on Jan 1.

Among others, he said a joint counter service would be opened at its headquarters tomorrow.

“We will be giving away a RM10 voucher to the first 5,000 taxpayers who use the e-pay system to make payment for the 2022 assessment in January and February.

“This is to encourage the people to use the e-services and update their details in our system.

“All fees and warrants or those who settle all outstanding assessment payments by the end of the year will be waived.

“Parking compound will also be reduced to RM10 until Feb 28,” he added.

The local council is also offering discounts on rental of its premises.

Najmuddin said community hall rental in May would be reduced by 25%.

“Tenants of MPKj market lots, stalls and kiosks who have made payments for the year, will be eligible for a 50% discount in December.

“A 25% discount will be given to those who make payment six months in advance.

“A 15% discount will be given in December for those who pay in advance for the first quarter of next year,” he said.

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