Over 800 complaints to state DOE about pollution this year

THE Penang Environment Department (DOE) received 843 complaints on pollution cases from Jan 1 to Nov 22, said exco member Phee Boon Poh.

The state environment and welfare committee chairman said the highest number of complaints was about air pollution (646) followed by others (79) and water pollution (55).

“The Penang DOE also received 325 complaints on open burning for the same period.

“Among them, 185 were burning rubbish in neighbourhoods, 71 categorised as others and 18 cases were from small farms.

“To curb this problem, Penang DOE issued 470 court compounds amounting to RM940,000 to offenders,” Phee said at the state assembly building in Lebuh Light.

As for the people’s welfare, Phee said there were 19,896 monthly beneficiaries under the Penang Welfare Department receiving financial aid amounting to RM8.703mil in October 2022.

“The total expenditure from January until October 2022 is as much as RM88,114,347.

“The total expenditure of the i-Sejahtera programme this year until November is RM48.391mil and it benefitted 271,137 recipients,” he said.

As for the RM4.4mil transit centre for the homeless in Jalan C.Y. Choy, George Town, Phee said the construction works were 98% completed.

“The works are expected to be completed by the end of December 2022.

“Meanwhile, the state government is in negotiations with vendors for the provision of furniture and interior decoration,” he said.

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