MPAJ’s shoddy job leaves lingering stench

THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPAJ) cleaning contractors shoddy work at the Taman Maju Jaya commercial area has led to an unbearable stench permeating the area, and business owners as well as customers are seeing red.

Workshop owner Ravindran Subramaniam, 52, said he had seen a rubbish collection vehicle parked by the road for more than an hour, dripping foul-smelling water onto the road.

“This was the first time I witnessed this and it just added to the existing rubbish problem we have been living with for some time,” he said, adding that he had no choice but wash away the filth after a few days as he was unable to bear the stench.

Another shopowner Lee Get Cheong, 47, said for the last 10 years, they had to put up with shoddy work by the cleaning contractors, who had previously been under Alam Flora and are now under MPAJ.

“Every Wednesday, there is a night market in this area and the clean- ers, who come in after business hours, just sweep the rubbish into the drains. This causes a blockage and the area becomes smelly,” he said.

Last week, the problem became worse and after several complaints to MPAJ, he saw an even more astounding sight.

“Some of the workers came by and used four 1.5 litre bottles of mineral water to wash the road and used their feet to rub away the filth.

“That was how they cleaned the road following my complaints,” he said, adding that besides cleanliness, the CCTV located in the area to check crime was also faulty.

He also said the following day, workers had come early in the morning to clean the drains but because they had taken so long, almost a week, to attend to the complaints, many had resorted to cleaning up the mess themselves.

Teratai constituency public complaints bureau chief Ben Liew said one of the reasons the stench became unbearable was the hot weather.

He said MPAJ must monitor the services provided by its contractors.

When contacted, a MPAJ officer said they were aware of the problem and that the contractor had been warned and told to buck up.

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