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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 eorts 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 Jaaar Mohd Atan saidthere were ewer cases o garbage con-tractors being prevented rom enter-ing housing areas in the city.
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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, aer 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 eect.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 intererence this week," he said during a press coner-ence on uesday aer briefng a newgroup o public cleaning contrac-tors.Last week, MBSA lodged our po-lice reports aer 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.
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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 Reuse 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 aected 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 soar 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.