Residents fuming over stench from dump


By STUART MICHAELstuart@thestar.com.myPhotos by RAJA SHAMSUL BAHREN 

FOR more than three years, residents in Kundang town have been living with stench emitted from from the Selayang Municipal Council's (MPS) dump. They can no longer tolerate it and want the dump to be relocated elsewhere, not in their neighbourhood.  

The MPS dump is only about a kilometre away from Kundang town.  

Kampung Baru Kundang MIC chairman Gengga Naidu had complained to the council about the issue on several occasions but, to date, nothing has been done to rectify the problem.  

“The stench is worse after rain and at nights,'' he said.  

Kamalanathan(right)discussing withPhang (left) overthe next courseof action asresidentsaccompanyingthem cover theirnoses at thestench emittedfrom the MPSdump inKundang.

“It is worse than the stench from a toilet,'' said Gengga, 35, who has been living in the area all his life.  

“There is a lot of greenery in Kundang, but it does nothing to mask the stench from the dump,'' he said.  

“On some days, the stench is so overpowering that I lose my appetite even before I sit down to have my meal.''  

Kampung Baru Kundang Village Security and Development Com-mittee (JKKK) chairman Phang Peng Chee said he found it hard to sleep at nights with the overpowering stench.  

“As if the stench is not bad enough, lorries that send wastes to the dump pollute the area,'' he said.  

“They travel during peak hours and that too on roads we travel on.'' 

Phang, who has been living in the neighbourhood for 45 years, said the peace in the town that the residents enjoyed for so long had now been marred by the stench and pollution. 

“It is disturbing.'' 

As if the stench isn’t causing enough problems,lorries that take waste to the dump are creatinganother concern – pollution.

Phang said the adults were also concerned over their health and that of their children's.  

“Do something before things get worse,'' he urged MPS.  

MPS councillor P. Kamala-nathan, who visited Kundang on Thursday, assured the residents that he would bring up the matter at the MPS full board meeting next week.  

“Residents have a point,'' he said. “No one wants to come home to a bad stench.''  

Kundang, said Kamalanathan, had potential tourist areas such as Tasik Biru, Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Resort and good scenery.  

“With the stench, even investors are discouraged from the area while people do not want to buy property in Kundang,'' he said. 

“The residents should have been consulted before the dump was set up.''  

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