PETALING JAYA: Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin has come under fire after local authorities were given the green light to build a proposed anaerobic digestion plant in a densely populated residential area in Mukim Ampang.
Condominium unit owner R. Surindran said they were shocked and disappointed upon learning that Zuraida had visited the proposed site to set up a plant to convert waste to fuel, among others, as there was no prior consultation with local residents.
Zuraida, who is also Local Government and Housing Minister, had visited the site on Friday (May 17) together with Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) officials.
“Should she not protect the interest of constituents in her own constituency? How can she allow the local council to set up a waste processing plant right next to a condominium. There is also a kindergarten barely 50m away,” Surindran claimed.
The MPAJ had, on Thursday (May 16), sent a letter dated May 15 to the Kojaya Kondominium Joint Management Body (JMB) to inform that an anaerobic digestion project had been proposed at an open space beside the condominium.
Zuraida visited the site a couple of days after MPAJ issued the letter ordering the residents not to park their vehicles in the area that had been earmarked for the anaerobic digestion project.
In the letter endorsed by MPAJ building commissioner Muhammad Rosizhar Abdul Rahim, the JMB was informed that the proposed anaerobic digestion project was implemented upon the directive and collaboration with the Local Government and Housing Ministry.
Kojaya JMB chairman Shahrul Munir Ibrahim said about 10,000 people were living in the surrounding area.
“There are nine housing estates, two schools and a hospital nearby. And the JMB in other blocks is not aware of the project.
“Representatives from Taman Datuk Ahmad Razali, and Taman Ampang Jaya would join forces with the various JMBs here to deliver a protest note to the local authority early next week.
“We are also putting up around 30 to 50 banners in the area, protesting the project,” said Shahrul.
Shahrul questioned why such a plant was being set up in a densely populated area.
“It would further aggravate the massive traffic congestion woes during peak hours here if garbage trucks keep plying to and from the site.
“And the Kojaya Cafe is located only 100m away from the proposed site,” he said when contacted Monday (May 20).
“As the anaerobic digestion machine produces bio-gas, including methane, residents fear for their safety.
“As the risks associated with bio-gas production include fire and explosions, gas poisoning, and potential leaks, we hope the local authorities would not bulldoze through the project that could have far-reaching implications on public safety and health,” he said.
Shahrul appealed to the Fire and Rescue Department to assess the risk involved in operating an anaerobic digestion plant to produce bio-gas in a densely populated area.
When contacted, Zuraida said she would look into the matter.