SHAH ALAM, May 20 (Bernama) -- Several residents interviewed have lamented
the poor rubbish collection in Selangor and hinted that the issue could drive
the people to cast protest votes against the PKR-led state government in the
next general election.
They argued that incidents of uncollected rubbish have disturbed their peace
of mind and asked the Selangor government to come up with a good mechanism to
ensure that its decision to place the management of cleaning services under the
local authorities is carried out effectively.
A resident of Taman Bandar Bukit Puchong, who wanted to be identified as
Steve Victor, 46, said that as a tax payer, he deserved better waste collection
service from the contractors appointed by the state government through the local
"Before, when Alam Flora handled waste collection and disposal, the
collection was scheduled for three times a week. Now, after the Selangor
government took over the task through the local authorities, the garbage truck
only comes once a week if we are lucky enough.
"At times, I had to dispose my own household garbage as I do not anticipate
the garbage truck to turn up regularly.
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"Rubbish collection is not a petty issue and should be given due
consideration by the state government. I think the issue may drive the people to
go for protest votes against PKR if it remains unresolved," he told Bernama.
The Selangor government took over garbage collection and public cleansing
responsibilities from concessionaire Alam Flora Sdn Bhd in October last year.
Another resident from the neighbourhood, Abdul Rahim Ibrahim, 52, shared
Dogs sometimes ploughed through the uncollected rubbish and there was also
the high risk of diseases like dengue spreading, he said, adding that Selangor
had the highest number of dengue cases.
He also said that people living elsewhere could be dumping their rubbish on
the heaps of uncollected trash, worsening the situation.
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Vimala Nair, a resident of SS7, Kelana Jaya, claimed that the garbage truck
only comes once a week to her place compared with three times when Alam Flora
handled waste collection.
She said that if waste was not properly managed, especially excreta and
liquid and solid waste, it could pose serious health hazards.
“Uncollected garbage can lead to the spread of infectious diseases.
Unattended waste lying around attracts flies, rats and other creatures that in
turn spread diseases,” she said.
M. Selventhiran, a resident of 4th Mile, Jalan Kampung Jawa, Klang, said
that of late, the issue of uncollected garbage had become a major item in the
string of complaints lodged by the people of Selangor, especially from Kampung
He claimed that the residents in the Kampung Jawa area had to bear with foul
smells, unsanitary conditions and environmental pollution as heaps of garbage
had been left uncollected for weeks.
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“The local councillors in charge of the area are only busy giving political
speeches and fail to observe whether the contractors are doing their job.
"The Selangor government should do something about this as it would have a
serious impact on the outcome of the election," said Selventhiran, adding that
the PKR-led state government also failed to fulfill its promise of giving 20 per
cent discount on the assessment.
Selventhiran, who is president of Kelab Perpaduan Insan Selangor, claimed
that some contractors won the tender to collect garbage although they did not
have the capacity in terms of vehicles and workers.
He said what was seriously lacking were people on the ground to check
whether the contractors had collected the waste according to schedule without
the need for residents to lodge complaints.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday improper waste
management was among the factors for the big number of dengue cases in Selangor.
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