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Selangor Times 13 Jan 2012

Selangor Times 13 Jan 2012

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January 13 — 15, 2012
issue 57
Foodie'sguide to foodcourts
Dash tooclose forcomfort
Parentswant PPsmIback
 avin Yp
PetalInG JaYa:
Rogue contractors,responsible or dumping garbage on streetcorners last week, are resorting to cat-and-mouse games with local authorities in Sel-angor.he Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), which had stepped up enorcement in areastargeted by the disgruntled ormer contrac-tors here, are getting complaints rom otherareas in the city.Some ratepayers in Kota Damansara andSri Damansara woke up this week to domes-tic waste dumped on their streets.“his week, we detected a spike in thecollection o domestic waste rom streetcorners in Kota Damansara Sections 6, 7, 8, Jalan Kenyalang and also Sri Damansara,”said MBPJ public complaints directorengku Nazaruddin Zainudin.Previously, the illegal dumping occurredat PJS 2 and consisted mainly o bulk andgarden waste.He said the contractors shited rom PJS2 to Kota Damansara due to last week’sround-the-clock monitoring by MBPJ’shealth environment teams.Nazaruddin said the modus operandihad also changed as the disgruntled contrac-tors were now leaving household garbage bythe roadside instead o bulk and garden waste.“Most o the garbage is already rotting bythe time our contractors take it o thestreet,” he said.He added that the act is hazardous i itgets out o hand and slammed the despica-ble act.he rogue contractors, he said, have notlet up in their eorts to disrupt garbage col-lection in the city.“he sabotage is still ongoing,” he said.Last week, the state issued an alert that
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unhappy ormer Alam Flora Sdn Bhd con-tractors, who lost lucrative contracts aterSelangor discontinued lucrative conces-sionaire contracts, were trying to disrupt waste management in local governments.Meanwhile, Ampang Jaya MunicipalCouncil (MPAJ) public relations oicerNorhayati Ahmad said its complaints de- partment had received more bogus com- plaints than usual since last week.MPAJ had received up to 100 com- plaints rom callers who declined to leavetheir names and contact details.Norhayati said MPAJ contractors havebeen sent on a wild goose chase to areas clearo rubbish.“We sent our contractors to the area onlyto fnd the location clear o rubbish,” she said.Te additional work has stretched MPAJ'scontractors ability to keep up with their nor-mal work.She confrmed that places around BukitIndah and Pandan Perdana had reported gar-
Dirty Games
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Tang Hui Koon, Chong Loo Wah, Gan Pei Ling,Basil Foo, Alvin Yap, Gho Chee Yuan, Brenda Ch’ng
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 Jimmy C. S. Lim, Chin Man Yen
Timothy Loh, Ivan Looi, Tony Kee, Samantha Sim
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January 13 — 15, 2012
MPKj sacks 19 contractors
Disgruntled MBSA contractors werethe ringleaders
bage pile-ups in ront o houses.She said MPAJ contractors col-lected the domestic waste only to haveratepayers call in the next morning tocomplain about trash bags in ront o their houses.She did not rule out sabotage in thelatest incident and said the municipalcouncil was stepping up eorts to col-lect the rubbish le on roadsides.“MPAJ believes that disgruntledcontractors are sabotaging waste man-agement here in Ampang Jaya area,”she said.Back-up contractors as well as in-house cleaners, she said, have beensent to the areas above to collect thegarbage rom roadsides.In a related development, ShahAlam City Council (MBSA) mayorDatuk Mohd Jaaar Mohd Atan saidthere were ewer cases o garbage con-tractors being prevented rom enter-ing housing areas in the city.
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Kl muicil Cucil (mpK)stff wki   f thubbish htsts idtidby th cucil. a thhtsts sild ut by mpK Jl K, Jl Tti,mu, pt Kl, Siet d Sui Ud.
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Selangor WeaTHer
Malaysian meteorological department
 Alvin Yap
A total o 19contractors have been axed by theKajang Municipal Council(MPKj) or going on strike. Tecontractors are alleged to have op- posed the council's policy o holding open tenders or solid waste and cleaning contracts.“MPKj councillor Eddie Ng said the decision was made on Wednesday, aer investigations re- vealed that the contractors hadstop carrying out their duties sinceSaturday (Jan 7).He said seven new contractorshave been appointed to take over with immediate eect.Meanwhile investigations areongoing to determine i any o theother 111 contractors have resort-ed to undermining MPKj over theopen tender policy.Under policy, the municipality"Tere was less intererence this week," he said during a press coner-ence on uesday aer briefng a newgroup o public cleaning contrac-tors.Last week, MBSA lodged our po-lice reports aer its contractors were prevented rom carrying out theirtasks in Sections 7, 9 and 17.Te contractors were also warnedthat their lorries would be torched i they went into the areas to carry outgarbage collection.Meanwhile, Selangor executivecouncillor or local government,Ronnie Liu said preliminary investi-gations have ound out that a groupo disgruntled MBSA contractors were the ringleaders in the incidentslast week across Shah Alam and Petal-ing Jaya.Liu said the state is tackling the problem by setting up a toll-reenumber that ratepayers can call tolodge complaints o uncollected gar-bage in their respective housing ar-eas.Residents can call 1800-88-2824beginning rom Jan 17 to report onuncollected domestic waste.Liu said ratepayers should provideas much details as possible to the sta manning the 24-hour hotline.He said action would be taken toresolve rubbish woes within the day,but added that complaints at night would be dealt with the next morn-ing.
To place your
Timothy Loh 019-267 4488,Ivan Looi 014-936 6698,Tony Kee 016-978 2798Samantha Sim 019-382 7121
 will be divided into 47 zones each with a single waste managementcontractor.Ng said contractors who earedbeing dropped mounted the strikebesides threatening other existing contractors.He said nails were ound scat-tered across the roads leading tothe Reuse Derivative Fuel Plant inSemenyih. Contractor’s lorries parked outside the premises alsohad their tires slashed.On Wednesday, several MPKjcontractors had received threats via text messages warning themthat their vehicles would be van-dalised i they carried out theirtasks.Ng said the scare tactic had worked because some o the contrac-tors had ailed to work their routes with excuses that they were having equipment-related problems.“Quite a number o contractorscalled and cited that they werehaving problems with their lorriesor equipment,” Ng said.Te threats have caused wide-spread disruption to garbage col-lection in Bukit Belimbing, am-ing Jaya, Segar Jaya, Cheras Harta-mas, Kajang Mewah and Bangi.Ng said the municipal council isdispatching its in-house garbagecollection teams to pick up the waste rom the aected areas.He said MPKj had beenswamped with complaints aboutthe situation and added that rate- payers had even resorted to going to his home to lodge reports.Only two contractors have soar lodged police reports over thethreats that were sent out early yes-terday morning.MPKj president Datuk HasanNawawi Abd Rahman met withcouncillors in an emergency meet-ing yesterday to discuss contingen-cy plans to deal with the situation.Ng said Hasan Nawawi, wouldbe lodging a police report in thenext ew days over the incidents.
 ⁄ January 13 – 15, 2012

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