Compiled by TARRENCE TAN and C.ARUNO
CELEBRITY chef Datuk Fazley Yaakob said his wife Datin Azrene Ahmad was forced to relieve herself by the side of a highway due to a massive traffic congestion, Harian Metro reported.
According to Fazley, the incident happened when they were on their way home to Kuala Lumpur in an unnamed highway.
“My wife wanted to relieve herself. The Sungai Perak R&R was closed the moment we reached there.
“The next rest area was 50km away.
“At the same time, there were too many cars and traffic was too slow,” he said.
Due to the unfavourable conditions, Fazley said he was forced to stop his vehicle by the side of the highway so his wife could relieve herself at a bush nearby.
He said he was not alone, claiming that there were at least 30 other motorists who did the same.
He urged highway authorities to place more mobile toilets along major highways and roads during the balik kampung season to prevent similar cases in future.
> Each individual is said to produce an average of 1.17kg of rubbish a day, bringing a total of 37,890 tonnes of waste being generated across the country every day, Berita Harian reported.
This figure would continue to rise in the coming years and contribute to the saturation of waste disposal sites in the country, said Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) deputy chief executive officer (technical) Dr Mohd Pauze Mohamad Taha.
He also lamented the staggering cost to manage waste in the country.
As an example, he said waste management by SWCorp in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Kedah and Perlis cost more than RM2bil each year.
“That figure will only come down if everyone practises proper waste disposal methods, which include recycling.
“Waste management is important because if disposal and treatment are not done properly, it will lead to adverse effects to the environment in the future,” Mohd Pauze said, adding that an average rubbish disposal site had a lifespan of 20 to 25 years.
He said a rubbish disposal site could not be developed for at least 20 years due to the presence of high amounts of leachate and dangerous gases.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.