Higher penalty for illegal dumping in Kajang

Najmuddin (eighth from left) and MPKj councilors celebrating Chinese New Year by tossing yee sang after the fullboard meeting at Menara MPKJ.

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has increased the penalty for lorries involved in illegal dumping.Its president Najmuddin Jemain said the compound fine would remain at RM1,000 but with the additional storage and seizure fees, owners must pay RM5,500 in total to get their vehicles released.

“If an area becomes an illegal dumpsite hotspot, the council will have to use its funds to clean up and this can cost up to RM200,000.

“This money should be put to better use for repairs and infrastructure upgrades,” Najmuddin said during the council’s full board meeting in explaining the rationale for the higher penalty.

He said nine lorries were compounded in January.

“Only one lorry was identified within an MPKj-monitored illegal dumping hotspot in Jalan Kuari Sungai Long.

“The remaining eight lorries were not within any identified hotspots,” he added.

Najmuddin also said MPKj was looking at reducing the cost of cleaning up Black Water Lake in Bandar Mahkota Cheras.

It was previously reported that the clean-up would cost RM41mil.

On dengue, Najmuddin said under MPKj’s jurisdiction, there were 594 cases up to Jan 21.

“Selangor had 3,635 dengue cases in total. No casualties,” he added.

Najmuddin noted that most dengue cases occurred within residences, especially at low-cost flats.

“In the Taman Bukit Kenangan Apartment, the fourth floor was turned into a dumping area.

“Based on reports and our investigation, this was one of the main causes of an increase of dengue cases in the area,” he said.

On another matter, MPKj is hopeful that the assessment rate hike will be approved.

Najmuddin said the increase was needed so the council could continue to provide basic services such as maintenance of roads and drains.

“The waste management bill alone has reached RM60mil per year, whereas the council’s yearly tax rate revenue is only RM117mil.

“This is more than half the yearly budget as waste collection is done three times a week,” said Najmuddin, who noted that MPKj has 360,000 holdings.

“We either have to increase the assessment tax rate or face issues like poor waste management.”

MPKj’s application for an assessment rate increase is pending approval from the Selangor government.

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