Panel to look into Machang Bubok dumpsite

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) has set up a special committee to tackle an illegal dumpsite in Machang Bubok, which is believed to be the biggest such case handled by the council so far.

MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the committee would comprise its top management, councillors and department heads, and they would discuss proposals as well as determine the monitoring of the site.

"We have never had a case so big as most illegal dumpsites are by the river and on a smaller scale," he said, adding that nine notices were served to three landowners of the illegal dumpsite for various offences on Wednesday.

"We served them with three notices for public nuisance, three for illegal work on land, two for conducting an illegal business and one for ordering the demolition of an illegal building.

"The landowners can be fined up to RM500,000 if found guilty," he told reporters at the council headquarters in Bandar Perda yesterday.

Rozali said it was not an easy task for the council to monitor the entire Seberang Prai, the largest municipal council in the country in terms of land size spanning 755 sq km.

"The dumpsite is in a remote area and the entrance is surrounded by an oil palm estate. Only chicken farms operate nearby and there is no human population around.

"Since it is private land, we cannot set up CCTV cameras inside," he added.

On Wednesday, The Star had reported on the discovery of a 6.5ha dumpsite filled with plastic waste, discarded furniture and construction debris on a plot of marshland which was once an illegal sand quarry.

Mounds of almost two-storey-high shredded plastic were spotted with excavators and forklifts being used to unload more of such waste from trucks.


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