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Selangor Times Sept 23-25, 2011 / Issue 41

Selangor Times Sept 23-25, 2011 / Issue 41

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September 23 — 25, 2011
issue 41
 Alam Florasurrenders solidwaste contract
PoorresPonse tofree bicycleParking
service centres:HelPing tHePublic
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Chinese compa-nies keen on the RM10 billionKlang River Rehabilitation projectare scheduled to make a second visit to Selangor next month.Te delegations, which includerepresentatives rom China StateConstruction Engineering Corp, will discuss potential partnerships with the state.eresa Kok said the delegationhad visited Selangor last month tosurvey the Klang River and study theeasibility o the project.“Tey’re preparing a proposaland will return to Selangor nextmonth to discuss details o a joint venture with us,” said the executivecouncillor or investment, industryand trade.China State Construction Engi-neering Corp, one o the largestcompanies in China, was responsi-ble or the construction o the2008 Olympic acilities in Beijing apart rom rehabilitating the Su-Zhou Creek in Shanghai.Kok said the Perormance Man-agement and Delivery Unit (Pe-mandu) under the Prime Minis-ter’s Department had also met theChinese delegation during theirAugust visit.She said Pemandu has agreed to work with Selangor to clean up theKlang River, particularly its sourcein Ampang.She added that around 100 ami-lies living near the river source inAmpang were dumping domestic waste and polluting the river.Consequently, Pemandu allo-cated RM3 million to relocate theamilies.Kok said 80km o the Klang Riv-er is in Selangor while the remaining 40km is in Kuala Lumpur.She said Putrajaya had set asideRM1 billion or river beautifca-tion and RM3 billion or rivercleaning jobs or the 40km KualaLumpur stretch under its “River o Lie” project.However, no ederal unds wereallocated to Selangor to rehabilitateits 80km stretch o Klang River.
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September 23 — 25, 2011
 Alam Flora surrenders solid waste contract in Selangor
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Selangor Times
Alam Flora Sdn Bhd’s sud-den decision to end their solid wastecontract in Selangor is expected tocause a stink, but the state already has plans to minimise the problem.he solid waste managementconcessionaire had originally agreedto hand over garbage collection ser- vices to local authorities next January,but said last week that they would endtheir contract on Oct 15.Local governments have only beengiven a month’s notice to prepare totake over garbage collection services.“Tere might be some disruptionin services, but I appeal to the publicto be patient during this transition period. Te local councils have set upurgent response teams and will re-spond to public complaints immedi-ately,” executive councillor in charge
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.Liu said the sudden move to ter-minate the contract on such shortnotice could be politically motivated.“Some parties may be hoping toturn this into an election issue. I local councils ail to perorm, i there are major glitches in garbagecollection during the transition period, the people would blame thestate,” he said.However, Liu said the state hadinstructed local governments to proceed to take over the garbage col-lection services as the move will ulti-mately benet ratepayers’ pockets.“Local governments used to payAlam Flora RM400 million annuallyor public cleaning and garbage col-lection services. Now we can saveRM100 million every year,” said thePandamaran assemblyperson.He explained that the savings would come rom cuts in sub-con-tractors’ prots via open tender, androm the RM40 million annualmanagement ees paid to Alam Flora.
Councils scramble to take over
He added that the savings wouldbe used by local councils to buy ma-chinery and employ sta to take overgarbage and cleaning duties handledby Alam Flora’s internal sta.As or outsourced garbage collec-tion jobs, Liu said local councils would retain current sub-contractorsuntil the local authorities completethe open tender process to appointnew sub-contractors.Only the Hulu Selangor DistrictCouncil will not be aected by thisdebacle as it has always handled itsown public cleaning and garbagecollection duties.Te remaining 11 local authoritiestook over public cleaning duties romAlam Flora on Aug 1.“Tese services used to be handledby local councils beore it was priva-tised 14 years ago.“he local councils are experi-enced, so I’m condent they will beable to pick up the slack soon,” saidLiu, who urged the public to reportto their respective local councils i their garbage is not collected.
Local councils arealready preparing to take over garbagecollection services rom Alam FloraSdn Bhd.
Selangor Times 
spoke to sevenlocal authorities and ound that whilesome are still waiting or the statedirective, others have already purchased machinery and begun theopen tender process to appoint newsub-contractors.Te local authorities have also setup backup teams to respond to public complaints on garbagecollection promptly.Petaling Jaya City Council(MBPJ) is retaining its existing solid waste contractors temporarilyand increasing the number o “standby” contractors, who will re- place current ones i they are oundto be underperorming.Councillor Latheea Koya said thecity council is also auditing thesecontractors to ensure they have proper equipment such as trashcompactors to collect garbage moreefciently.Latheea, who also chairs theHealth and Sanitation board, saidMBPJ will monitor its contractorsto ensure a smooth transition andminimal inconvenience to the pub-lic.Shah Alam City Council (MBSA)councillor Kamarulzaman Sanusisaid areas where garbage collection ishandled by Alam Flora’s internal sta council is expected to save at leastRM2 million once it takes backgarbage collection duties.Klang Municipal Council (MPK)has already purchased 18 additionalgarbage trucks in preparation tohandle solid waste removal on itsown, said councillor Yeo Boon Lye.Te councillors received a brieng  yesterday on the matter.Councillor Lim Lip Suan said 40contracts are currently handled byoutsourced contractors, while 18 aremanaged by Alam Flora sta.Lim said MPK is likely to retainthe existing 40 outsourced contractorstemporarily, while thelocal council takes overthe garbage collectionduties or the remaining 18.Members o the pub-lic can contact MPK’s Jabatan PerkhidmatanPersekitaran at 03-33726781 / 4820 to re- port problems on gar-bage collection.Ampang JayaMunicipal Council(MPAJ) public relationofcer Norhayati Ahmadsaid the council is waiting or the state’s directive on the matter.She said MPAJ is considering retaining existing contractors toensure garbage collection is notdisrupted despite the change.Kajang Municipal Council(MPKj) had instructed presentcontractors to temporarily take careo the 20% o areas that are handledby Alam Flora.Councillor Ng ien Chee saidMPKj will start the open tender process and appoint new contractors within three months.“We’ll also reduce the number o contracts to 67 instead o 102 so thatone contractor can take care o onezone each,” said Ng.Selayang Municipal Council(MPS) public relations directorMohamad Zin Masoad is condentthat MPS will be able to manage thetransition in garbage collection, asonly 5-10% o the municipality’ssolid waste removal is managed byAlam Flora’s internal sta, while therest are by sub-contractors.He added that the open-tender process to appoint sub-contractorshad been conducted by MPS overthe years, and Alam Flora only hadto monitor the sub-contractors’ work.
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may ace some glitches.Another councillor, anAh Kow @ an Sie Wai, saidthe city council has alreadybegun its open tender processto appoint 170 new garbagecollection contractors.He said the tender processis divided into three phases,and the rst phase will see 50 jobsbeing given to the most competitivecontractors.Subang Jaya Municipal Council(MPSJ) oresees no trouble in getting contractors as the local councilalready has a list o contractors to work with.Councillors revealed that MPSJis identiying contractors that areunderperorming and have warnedthem to improve or risk being terminated.Councillor Loka Ng said the local
Lim Lip Suan, Latheefa Koya and Loka Ng
 ⁄ September 23 – 25, 2011

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