Thursday, August 7, 2014

Council mulls setting up spy team to nab litterbugs

The Star, Wednesday August 6, 2014

THE Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) is considering to create a “spy team” to nab litterbugs and those who put up illegal advertisements.

Councillor Bryan Lai, who was speaking at the MPKj full board meeting, the council already had existing bylaws to counter such illegal activities but they were not enforced.

“Allan Liew from MCA recently criticised that enforcement was lax in MPKj; he is right.

“The council’s health department inspectors have the right to nab litter bugs but to my knowledge, there was only one litter bug nabbed so far,” Lai said.

He said the council’s town services department had suggested that a spy team be set up.

“RM1.3mil is spent to collect illegally dumped rubbish.

“If we spend so much, we might as well spend money on nabbing the offenders and issuing them fines.

“This will in turn generate revenue for the council.

“The maximum fine is RM1,000 for vandalism,” he said, adding that councillors were pushing for the set up of this team.

It was no surprise that the long-standing issue of waste management had been raised at the meeting again.

The council’s waste contractors are currently going to the landfill in Tanjung Dua Belas in Kuala Langat, about 40km from Kajang,

The Selangor government has suggested that the council either build a transfer station or repair the Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) centre in Semenyih.

The RDF now has 30,000 tonnes of unprocessed rubbish since May.

Currently, the council is reducing its collection frequency in residential areas from thrice a week to once or twice a week as a short-term plan.

Lai urged that a task force be set up to study and solve the waste management problem immediately.

Kajang Municipal Council president Datuk Hassan Nawawi Abdul Rahman said the council would look into the suggestion to see if there was a need for a task force.

A new councillor, Chan Su Sann, was sworn in last week.

Chan was formerly a councillor of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.

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