EVERY time the wind blows, Michelle Ong has to put up with the stench from the clogged drain in front of her daughter’s kindergarten at Goodyear Court 6 in USJ 8.
During a site visit by StarMetro, plastic bottles and bags were seen thrown into the drain while huge rocks were also stuck inside.
Being a concerned parent, Ong lodged a complaint with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) when things became worse over time.
”I think the issue really started early this year. I wrote a letter to MPSJ in May, and followed it up with several phone calls about two months later when I noticed the situation persisting.
”I was referred to the ‘perkhidmatan bandar’ (urban area service) department and also spoke to the Complaints Department.
”The officer told me she would check with the Monitoring Department and I was later informed that action had been taken and the case closed,” said Ong.
She added that she has since asked MPSJ to re-open the case as the problem was not solved.
Kindergarten staff Christie Lai said she believed MPSJ had sent its men twice to clean up the drains, but the problem would recur soon after.
”This problem was not as bad previously,” said Lai.
Nasi lemak seller Latif Alias, who has been operating a stall in front of the kindergarten for seven years, said he has never seen Alam Flora coming to clear the rubbish.
He used to see private contractors cleaning the drain in the past but no one has come lately.
Kindergarten principal S.T.Shum said a long-term solution is needed to upkeep the drains and hopes MPSJ will monitor the situation and nab those dumping rubbish into the drain.