GEORGE TOWN: The number of illegal dumpsites in Penang is increasing at an alarming rate.
State Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said there were already 12 illegal dumping cases as of June 2019.
“There are only eight illegal dumping cases by private haulers from 2014 to 2018.
“However, in 2019 alone, there are already 12 cases from January until June,” he said at a press conference after the launching of the Karpal Singh Digital Hub at SK Sungai Gelugor in Penang.
He attributed the increase to the lack of a strict enforcement system, calling it as a "slap on the wrist".
According to Jagdeep, a meeting would be held on July 2 that would include the Immigration Department, the police, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and the Department of Environment (DOE) to sit work on a suitable existing act which can be used to deter people from dumping illegally.
Also present at the launch was Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid and MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.