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o local government aairs RonnieLiu told
.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 perorm, 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 benet ratepayers’ pockets.“Local governments used to payAlam Flora RM400 million annuallyor 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’ prots via open tender, androm 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 aected 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 beore it was priva-tised 14 years ago.“he local councils are experi-enced, so I’m condent 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.
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 underperorming.Councillor Latheea Koya said thecity council is also auditing thesecontractors to ensure they have proper equipment such as trashcompactors to collect garbage moreefciently.Latheea, 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 brieng 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 condentthat 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 identiying contractors that areunderperorming and have warnedthem to improve or risk being terminated.Councillor Loka Ng said the local
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