WE REFER to the report in StarMetro “Kepong Residents See Red Over Rubbish Dumping” on Dec 9.
Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) had investigated the complaint about illegal dumping at the Kepong Entrepreneurs Park, Kuala Lumpur.
Despite action by the authorities and public, the location is still an illegal dumping site.
PPSPPA organises a clean-up every time the illegal dumping happens and continues to monitor the location.
PPSPPA investigations found the illegal dumping was caused by foreigners staying in the shophouses, who dispose domestic wastes into the drains and back alleys.
There is also industrial waste disposed by owners and tenants of premises in the area.
One arrest has been made so far and the case is still under investigation.
PPSPPA had issued notices about illegal waste disposal to owners of premises.
We had also put up banners and yellow tape to prevent illegal dumping.
The cleaning of illegal waste is conducted twice a week by PPSPPA.
According to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Refuse Collection, Removal And Disposal (Federal Territory) By-Laws, 1981, industrial areas are not maintained by the waste concession company Alam Flora Sdn Bhd.
Alam Flora only cleans the road six times a week and the drains once a month.
According to the by-law, each industrial and business premises has to hire their own contractor to collect and dispose of the waste.
However, most of the premises failed to do so, resulting in piles of rubbish.
To curb the problem, PPSPPA will continue to monitor the area to nab those who dispose of rubbish illegally.
Those who are caught committing the offence will be charged under the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672).
They can be fined between RM10,000 and RM100,000 or face a minimum jail term of six months and maximum of five years.
ZAINAL FITRI AHMAD
Corporate Division director
Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation