THE Kinta Barat District Council’s directive to all food traders to install grease traps at their premises is actually a requirement laid down by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Council president Razali Othman clarified that the traders in Batu Gajah, Perak, were not the only ones who had to adhere to the requirement and install the device.
“It’s a Government policy which involves traders in the entire country. In fact, all other local governments have long enforced the ruling,” he said yesterday.
Razali was replying to Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan who had told reporters that it was irrational to force traders to install the device.
Fong claimed that traders had complained of having to fork out extra money for a particular grease trap that “has no function at all”.
“The so-called grease trap is just a plastic sieve placed inside a steel compartment.
“It is not worth the RM1,000 that traders have to pay or even the RM30 to rent each month,” she said on Saturday.
Fong pointed out that many traders installed the grease traps out of fear of enforcement by the council but ended up not using them at all.
Razali explained that the grease traps had filters inside which filtered out grease and food particles from waste water.
He said it was necessary for traders to install the device to prevent drains from being clogged up which could then lead to floods.
“We have already given them ample time but come 2008, they will have to install the device as a condition to having their licences renewed,” he said.
Razali advised traders to rent rather than buy the device as the monthly rental fee included maintenance by the various companies leasing them out.