‘We’re watching you now’


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GEORGE TOWN: Removable closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at illegal dumping hotspots to monitor dumping activities, says Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the move was meant to control the alarming increase in illegal dumping activities in the state.

He, however, did not elaborate on the number of CCTVs installed and illegal dumping sites in the state.

“We have removable CCTVs to monitor the illegal dumping hotspots.

“There are also patrolling teams to keep the situation in check in certain areas.

“The public can be our eyes and ears. They can report to us if they come across any illegal dumping grounds,” he said.

Yew also urged the people to manage their own waste properly for the state to become a cleaner city. “We are conducting educational programmes in schools and communities to teach them on how to manage waste appropriately,” he said on Thursday.

Earlier, state local government commit­tee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo had said the number of illegal dumpsites in Penang was increasing at an alarming rate.

He said there were already 12 cases from January until now, compared with only eight illegal dumping cases by private haulers from 2014 to 2018.

On the effectiveness of current laws in curbing illegal dumping, Jagdeep said a meeting would be held on Tuesday between state agencies, including the Immigration Department, police, MBPP, Seberang Prai Muni­ci­­pal Council, Fire and Rescue Department, lawmakers and Department of Environment to discuss existing laws that could be used as a deterrent against the culprits.He said illegal dumpsters should be charged under Section 82 of the Local Government Act 1976, where offenders will have to remove and transfer the illegal waste to a disposal site approved by the council.

“The offenders will have to transfer their waste to the approved disposal site and not just pay fines and get away with it.

“Legal action can also be taken against the landowner under Section 70A of the Street, Drainage and Building Act, which carries a maximum sentence of five years’ jail or a fine of up to RM500,000.

“We have to be firm as illegal dumping activities will pollute the state and is bad for our health.

“Firm charges should be imposed on those who are found to indulge in such activities as a deterrent to the culprit and also to others,” he said on Thursday.


   

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