June 24 — 26, 2011
Anyone who contin-ues to conduct open burning in JohanSetia and other parts o Selangor willhave to ace the ull brunt o the law.Elizabeth Wong said under the En- vironmental Quality Act 1974, culpritscan be jailed or up to ve years andned up to RM500,000.Te executive councillor said Selan-gor Department o Environment (Doe)has been instructed to strictly enorcethe law.“Te state will not tolerate those whoconduct open burning as the activitiesdestroy our quality o lie,” said Wong. Wong said the rm stand is neededto combat the reccurring problem.She pointed out that the agricul-tural sector was taking advantage o thedry period to practise open burning toclear vegetation or ertilise the soil.Tree locations in the state have beenidentied as hotspots.wo are located in Klang - JohanSetia and Bandar Puteri Klang. heother is on ederal land which has beenleased out to an agricultural companyor arming.Doe has been reminding the publicagainst conducting open burning in the wake o the haze problem.In mid-May, the Air Pollutant Index(API) reading carried out by Doearound Selangor had reached “moder-ate” to “unhealthy” levels.At one point, Port Klang recordedan “unhealthy” level with its API reach-ing 104.Doe head Datin Paduka Che AsmahIbrahim recently said the public shouldnot conduct open burning during dryspells as it would worsen the haze.
Open burning culpritsto face legal action
Wong: Waterdisruption notdue to shortage
Water levels at all dams remain high as thestate maintains Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) onlyhave themselves to blame or the supply disruption aecting millions.“I want to stress to residents in aected areas that thedisruption is because o maintenance work by Syabas andnot because o inadequate water supply,” said Elizabeth Wong on Wednesday.he water concessionaire had claimed that ongoing negotiations on the restructuring o Selangor’s waterservices industry had made itdiicult or the company toredistribute supply rom other plants to areas aected bythe cuts.But this has also been reuted by Wong, whose porto-lio includes consumer aairs.“he statement made by Syabas blaming the water re-structuring negotiations is not accurate since the privati-sation o water began in 1997. Syabas has not carried outupgrading works o water treatment plants since thattime.”Syabas announced the cut on uesday which aected parts o Kuala Lumpur, Gombak, with Petaling and HuluSelangor districts mostly aected.It told residents to stock up on water to last the 48-hourcut that began Wednesday morning and is projected tolast until this morning. Wong is urging the Ministry o Energy, Water andGreen echnology to review Syabas’s ability and ei-ciency in managing the state’s water supply.Shah Alam and Putrajaya are deadlocked over the re-structuring o the ragmented water services industry, which was privatised in the 1990s.
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Councils urged to makeSelangor more disabled-friendly
All localgovernments have been ordered toset up technical committees to makeSelangor more disabled-riendly.o date, only the Petaling JayaCity Council (MBPJ) has ormed atechnical working committee tooversee disabled acilities.“We will make sure all councilsadopt the barrier-ree zone initiativesor the disabled community by year’send,” said Ronnie Liu.Te executive councillor or localgovernment said it was also impor-tant or all councils to start building more disabled-riendly acilities thatcould also be used by senior citizens.Among improvements being suggested are ramps or buildings,toilets or handicaps, disabled a-cilities at banks, tack-tiles as guid-ing blocks or the blind on streetsand easy to access public transpor-tation.“It is crucial that these improve-ments be carried out with urgency,especially improvements in publictransportation,” said Liu.He also urged councils to pro- vide ree transportortation or thedisabled.At present, MBPJ has two vansto transport the disabled around thecity during weekdays.A seminar titled “Creating aBarrier Free City: Challenges andApproaches in Selangor” was organ-ised by MBPJ yesterday (June 23)to spur councils to move orward.Representatives rom othercouncils, non-government organisa-tions (NGOs), members o thedisabled society and the public at-tended the seminar.Liu launched the seminar withMBPJ mayor Datuk MohamadRoslan Sakiman and local council-lor Anthony Siva Balan.“It is time the public and govern-ment did more or the disabled,” saidRoslan.Roslan also introduced a com-munication aid book illed withuseul signages to help the disabledget around the city.Te book will be given ree todisabled people in Petaling Jaya.
Free travel on LatarExpressway for now
he KualaLumpur-Kuala Selangor (Latar) Express- way was ofcially opened yesterday, and willremain toll-ree until Aug 31.Motorists rom towns like Puncak Alam,Shah Alam, Bukit Jelutong, Sungai Buloh,Kundang, Rawang and Selayang are ex- pected to benet rom the new highway. Works Minister Datuk Shaziman AbuMansor opened the highway.Te highway’s toll booths at empler’sPark, Kuang East/Kuang West and Ijok willstart charging rates on Sept 1.Class I or private vehicles will be chargedRM2, Class II vehicles (with two axles andve to six wheels; excluding buses) RM4,Class III vehicles (with three or more axles;excluding buses) RM6, Class IV vehicles(axis) RM1 and Class V vehicles (Buses)RM4.Te newly-completed 33km dual-car-riageway starts near empler’s Park, Gom-bak, and ends in Ijok, Kuala Selangor.KL-Kuala Selangor Expressway Berhad(KLSEB) has received a 40-year concessionto operate Latar.KLSEB chairperson Datuk MohamadRazali Othman said the idea to build Latar was mooted 15 years ago.However, the project was halted due tothe 1997 nancial crisis. It was resumed in2007.“In providing the north-west region itsown road network and interchanges, com-muters will experience aster travel,” saidKLSEB chie executive ofcer Amran Amir.Latar will provide an alternative to con-gested roads like the Middle Ring Road 2(MRR2) and the F54 (Jalan Sungai Bu-loh-Kuala Selangor).Te expressway will also provide accessto Guthrie Expressway, Plus North-SouthHighway and the uture West Coast High- way.Te empler’s Park interchange at Exit2508 will enable motorists rom KL, Raw-ang and Selayang to arrive at the other endo the expressway in only 18 minutes.hose travelling rom Sungai Buloh,South Rawang, Damansara and Kuang canenter Latar through the Kuang interchangeat Exit 2506.Latar also provides easy access to PuncakAlam, Alam Jaya, Kota Puteri, Desa Coal-elds and other towns in Kuala Selangorthrough the Puncak Alam interchange atExit 2503.Te Ijok interchange at Exit 2501 along Latar also provides easy access to Ijok, As-sam Jawa, Kuala Selangor, Kampung Baruand Bestari Jaya.wo rest stops have been built on bothsides o the expressway with acilities liketoilets, surau, eateries, picnic spots and playgrounds.Latar is also equipped with CCVs,traic control devices, emergency tele- phones every two kilometres and a 24/7trafc control centre, apart rom having a24-hour patrol team.
Anthony (left) and Roslan presenting a token of appreciation to Liu.