Perak govt mulling more systematic approach to solid waste in the state, says Zuraida


IPOH: The Perak government is mulling the idea of building a waste park, waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities and transfer stations to manage its solid waste, says Zuraida Kamarudin (pic).

The Housing and Local Government Minister said it was meant to allow the state to be more systematic in handling solid waste.

She said the plan falls under the National Cleanliness Policy, with at least five transfer stations to be built together with the park and WTE facilities.

“I have just discussed this with Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and some state executive council members.

“There will be a proper presentation of the plans and the state will need to consider a few other matters as well, ” she told reporters after the meeting at the state secretariat building here on Tuesday (Jan 14).

Separately, Zuraida said she has asked Faizal to set up a special committee at the local government level to focus on promoting the tourism sector.

“Instead of relying on just the Tourism Ministry, having a local committee to promote tourism will be more micro-manageable.

“During my visit to at least five local authorities in Perak, I was briefed on the issues and problems they face. We will be allocating some necessary funds for them, ” she said.

Among the local councils to receive such funds are Taiping Municipal Council (RM2mil), Gerik Municipal Council (RM3.8mil) and Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council (MPKK) (RM3.9mil).

Zuraida also said she would meet with Perak Ruler, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah to ask for his permission to change MPKK’s name to the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran Kuala Kangsar Bandar Diraja).

“This will be a transit plan before getting Kuala Kangsar turned into a full-fledged city council, ” she said.

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