Rep: Retain contractors with good track record

CLEANING contractors with a good track record should be retained by the Selangor government as it will be unfair to terminate their services.

Ampang cleaning contractors’ representative Norazmi Baharuddin said contractors who had fulfilled their duties should be retained.

“Most contractors follow the fixed schedules and many of the workers rely on this job to feed their families. Those who have been doing a good job should not be penalised,” he said.

He added that all 37 cleaning contractors in Ampang were retained by the state government after the takeover of public cleaning responsibilities from Alam Flora beginning Aug 1.

“We went for a briefing by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council a week before the takeover date and were given three-month contracts to sign. “We were advised by Alam Flora to take the offer,” he said, adding that their biggest worry was what would happen after the end of the contract on Oct 31.

Norazmi said their contracts was supposed to end in March next year before the takeover by the state government.

He said new contractors hired might be inexperienced and incapable of doing a good job.

“The local councils should monitor each contractor for a few months before deciding who should go or stay,” he said.

One cleaning contractor, who wished to remain anonymous, said since the takeover, the number of complaints had increased.

He also said enforcement against litterbugs was important in keeping the environment clean.

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