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Selangor Times 2012-Jan-6

Selangor Times 2012-Jan-6

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January 6 — 8, 2012
issue 56
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Rogue contractors,threats and garbage on street corners inPetaling Jaya and Shah Alam are raising concerns of a deliberate move to soil thestate.The Shah Alam City Council(MBSA) have to date lodged four po-lice reports after their garbage contrac-tors were prevented from carrying outtheir tasks in Sections 7, 9 and 17.“Their lorries were not allowed toenter some areas and the drivers were verbally threatened,” said MBSA mayorDatuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan onTuesday.Sri Muda assemblyperson Mat Shu-haimi Shafiei added that the contrac-tors were warned that their lorries would be burned if they went into theareas to do their work.These incidents are believed to beconnected to disgruntled Alam FloraSdn Bhd contractors who lost lucrativecontracts after Selangor discontinuedthe services of the solid waste conces-sionaire (see accompanying story).“This is an act of sabotage to showthat the state cannot handle rubbishcollection,” said Mat Shuhaimi on Wednesday.Meanwhile Petaling Jaya City Coun-cil (MBPJ) has been receiving an up-surge in complaints about uncollectedgarden and household waste since Oc-tober.MBPJ public complaints directorTengku Nazaruddin Zainuddin told
Selangor Times 
on Wednesday thecouncil now receives around 500 com- plaints per month from the previously
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100.“Petaling Jaya City Council(MBPJ) has collected more gardenand bulk wastes dumped along roadsand alleys than it has from homes,”said MBPJ health departmentchief Dr V Chithra.MBPJ's monthly collection of bulkand garden wastes has spiked to 3,000
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tons per month from just 1,800 tons.Dr Chithra said the amount repre-sented the wastes that had been left ly-ing in the public areas alone.“After we have collected the bulkand garden wastes, a new pile will ap- pear a day later. Are there many people
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Contractorsfailed to managerubbish collection
trimming trees in the city,” she asked.She said this has been happening since October 2011, two months a-ter the state handed garden wastecollection (which used to be man-aged by Alam Flora) over to 12 localgovernments in August.Dr Chithra said the disgruntledcontractors, whose services havebeen terminated, may be collecting tree trimmings and discarded urni-
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enaga Nasional Bhd(NB) has been told to brie Cherasresidents and allay their ears overthe controversial high-tension cable project.“NB will have to meet with the people to explain and convince themthat the structure they are going tobuild is sae,” said an Sri Khalid Ibra-him.Te Menteri Besar said this aerchairing a weekly state executive coun-cil meeting on Wednesday.NB and the state have drawn akrom residents or ailing to attend aDec 26 brieng organised by the Am- pang Jaya Municipal Council Zone 24High-ension Cable Action Commit-tee.Five-hundred residents attendedthe brieng on Boxing Day hoping toreceive more inormation about the275kV transmission lines project that would afect about 25,000 residents.Te committee's chairperson, Da-tuk Eadon Ching, has urged Selangorto hire an independent consultant as itdid with the high-tension cable projectin Rawang to nd the best route orNB.Meanwhile, resident groups romsix apartments in aman Bukit Segarand Kempas have dissociated them-selves rom the committee.Five o them claim they were ropedinto the action committee withouttheir knowledge aer attending theDec 26 brieng.aman Bukit Segar Joint Manage-ment Body chie Kelvin Ong said while the groups are against the pro- ject, they did not want to be part o thecommittee.But Ching denied that his commit-tee had included Ong and the otherour in the group without their con-sent, adding he would not stop themrom leaving.Meanwhile, the action committeehas threatened to hold a 10,000-strong  protest to voice their objection againstthe current route.On Dec 19, about 200 residentsrom 14 neighbourhoods protested atthe state secretariat and NB head-quarters over the health impact o the power lines’ close proximity to housing estates.However, NB says the projectcomplies with World Health Organi-sation’s standards or electro-magneticeld exposure.Te public has also expressed earover the project’s impact on BukitSungei Puteh ambahan’s slope stabil-ity, but NB has cited a study by thePublic Works Institute o Malaysia toshow that the construction o the42-metre-high pylons would strength-en the hill slopes.ture rom households and thendumping them in public areas.Contracts to dispose o bulk andgarden waste are lucrative.From 2007 until the handover inAug o last year, MBPJ was paying Alam Flora RM700,000 a monthor their services.Dr Chithra said there could becontractors who wanted to seeMBPJ ail in managing the rubbishcollection.She added that she would not besurprised i the domestic wastes arebeing deliberately le in public areasto discredit the council.Te situation poses a danger to public health i it gets out o hand,she added.Old urniture can be breeding ground or Aedes larva which causesdengue besides attracting rodents.
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Pakatan Rakyat Selangor will be mobilis-ing its members to attend the Free Anwar rally at the KualaLumpur High Court on Monday (Jan 9).Anwar Ibrahim was charged in 2008 with having sex witha male ormer aide and a verdict in the long-running trial isdue to be handed down by the court on Monday. I oundguilty, the 64-year-old politician aces up to 20 years in jail.“It's our responsibility to attend and witness a decisionthat will change the political landscape o the nation,” saidKeadilan Selangor inormation chie Shuhaimi Shaei.He said any decision made by the court against PakatanRakyat de acto leader Anwar might even afect the politicaland economic mood o the region.Shuhaimi, who is Sri Muda assemblyperson, said this at a press conerence at the state secretariat on Wednesday (Jan 4).He said Pakatan Rakyat Selangor inormation chies haddecided to ully support the rally.He stressed that business would not be adversely afectedas he believed shops which stay open during rallies usuallyexperience higher sales.Pas inormation chie Saari Sungib said his party wouldbe gathering its members in a peaceul manner.“It is the people’s right to ollow things that will have amajor impact on the nation,” said the Hulu Kelang assembl- yperson.DAP publicity secretary Jenice Lee expressed hope police would maintain the peace during the rally.
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 ⁄ January 6 – 8, 2011

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