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Selangor Times 21 Jan 2012

Selangor Times 21 Jan 2012

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January 20 — 22, 2012
issue 58
High tensionproject onhold
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Angry residents are calling onthe state to bring rogue garbage and cleaning con-tractors to book.“Tese contractors may be unhappy at not being chosen or the latest round o contracts by localauthorities, but the residents are the ones who aresufering,” said Mutiara Damansara Residents As-sociation chairperson ony Yeap.He slammed the contractors or their "unproes-sional" behaviour.Non-perorming contractors sacked by city andmunicipal councils have been accused o intimidat-ing other contractors and preventing them romcarrying out their task.Tey are believed to be responsible or dumping bulk, garden and domestic waste on street cornersas a sign o protest.“Tey must realise that they were given the bootdue to their shoddy perormance in the past,” saidYeap.Yeap said he supported the axing o these con-tractors and blacklisting them rom the latestround o contracts.Meanwhile, SS14 (Subang Jaya) acting chairper-son Joe Singh expressed concern that rogue con-tractors were being instigated by political parties.He also decried the unproessional conduct o these contractors, adding that the state must re-solve the issue.In Petaling Jaya, aman Gasing Indah Rukunetangga (R) chairperson Alred Chuah said it was unthinkable that sacked contractors were re-sorting to dumping rotting garbage in public areas.“It’s very bad. How can they do it, knowing thatit constitutes a serious public health hazard,” hesaid.He was not surprised by media reports o dis-gruntled contractors resorting to sabotage as thecontracts are worth millions o ringgit.Chuah urged R members to be vigilant andlook out or a spike in trash around street cornersthere.
(Front row, L-R) Selangor executive councillorin charge o health, poverty and estate workersDr Xavier Jayakumar, Bukit Raja FormerEstate Workers Committee chairpersonGanansekaran Letchumanan, Kapar Membero Parliament (MP) S Manikavasagam,Subang MP R Sivarasa, and Shah AlamMP Khalid Samad at a groundbreaking andblessing ceremony or 82 single-storey linkhouses in Bukit Raja, Klang, on Wednesday.The houses are to compensate ormer estateworkers who have worked the land or vegenerations. They took their case to courttwo decades ago when they were evictedby the new land owners. Ater their evictionwas prevented, they rejected compensationoers in the orm o money and low-costfats, holding out or this nal deal o landedproperty. Their homes are schduled to becompleted in 16 months' time.
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January 20 — 22, 2012
Selangor to be more vigilant
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Selangor is taking immediate steps,including sacking disgruntled contractors and ap- pointing new ones, to counter the sabotage o itsrubbish collection services.Ronnie Liu said Selangor has given the greenlight to local authorities to immediately suspendnon-perorming contractors.“We’re appointing competent and responsi-ble contractors to take over the problematic ar-eas,” said Liu.Te Pandamaran assemblyperson added thatlocal authorities will also hire capable contrac-tors and workers who were red by Alam Floraaer the solid waste concessionaire surrenderedtheir services last October.In addition, Selangor has instructed landlloperators to extend their opening hours to en-sure contractors have sucient time to transportthe waste.Meanwhile, state subsidiary WorldwideHoldings Bhd has opened a rubbish transer sta-tion in Shah Alam.“Contractors rom Shah Alam, Subang Jayaand Petaling Jaya can send their waste to the sta-tion temporarily [instead o the Jeram landll inKuala Selangor] to shorten transportation time,”said Liu.All local governments will also set up theirown hotlines and short message service (SMS)system to receive public complaints on rubbishcollection.Tis is in addition to the 24-hour hotline1-800-88-2824 last week.Local councils will attend to all complaints within 24 hours.Selangor imes had reported that disgrun-tled Shah Alam City Council contractors arebehind a move to undermine local authoritiesollowing Selangor's takeover o waste collectionrom Alam Flora. Te sabotage has afected atleast ve local authorities.Contractors in Shah Alam have reported thatthey are being prevented rom entering theirzones to remove solid waste.Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Ampang Jayahave also recorded a spike in illegal dumping as well as bogus public complaints.Kajang Municipal Council has sacked 19contractors who went on strike to protest againstan open tender system to select contractors.
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More sabotage expected during CNY 
Sacked cleaning contractors are set to step upeforts to undermine local authorities during Chinese NewYear as the public braces itsel or more acts o sabotage.“Putting an end to the sabotage will be our main prior-ity in Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam,” said Sun-gai Pinang assemblyperson Datuk eng Chang Khim.He told reporters on uesday that the state was paying extra attention to the matter and may bring in extra con-tractors to help with rubbish collection.Existing contractors are advised to ensure rubbish is col-lected in their assigned areas.In addition, local councillors and council staf will alsobe doing their rounds every day to ensure rubbish dumpedon street corners by disgruntled contractors is collected.“Hiring additional contractors will only be a temporarymeasure. Te state is working on a long term solution,” saideng.Tese incidents are believed to be connected to disgrun-tled Alam Flora contractors who lost lucrative contractsaer Selangor discontinued the services o the solid wasteconcessionaire.Local councils like the Petaling Jaya City Council(MBPJ) have received an increase o 500 complaints amonth as compared to the previous 100.Councillors also claim that MBPJ’s collection o bulkand garden waste has spiked to 3,000 tons per month rom just 1,800 tons.“Tere hadn’t been any problem with rubbish collectionsince the takeover rom Alam Flora in October until now.Disgruntled ormer contractors are collecting rubbish andthrowing it around to create an impression that councilsare not doing their job,” said eng.
NEW TEAM: (Front row, L-R) State executive councillors Rodziah Ismail,Teresa Kok, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Elizabeth Wong and DrHalimah Ali. (Back row, L-R) State executive councillors Iskandar AbdulSamad, Yaakob Sapari, Ean Yong Hian Wah, Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, Dr XavierJayakumar and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi.
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Kota Daman-sara’s plant nurseries along Jalan Subang  will be allowed to continue operating until a study on vital underground pipes there is completed.“In the meantime, nursery operatorscan continue to stay here but they can-not start any construction (that wouldincrease the burden on the land sur-ace),” said Subang Member o Parlia-ment R Sivarasa.Te state has ordered Syarikat Beka-lan Air Selangor (Syabas) to carry out acomprehensive assessment o the saetyo the high-pressure pipes under the14-hectare site, which is known asGreen Lane. Te study will include be-tween 200km and 300km o under-ground pipes which stretch rom BukitLagong to Kota Damansara.Sivarasa said the study had alreadystarted, but it is not known when Sya-bas will complete it.Te Public Works Institute o Ma-laysia (Ikram), in a study last year, hadound that the land was unsuitable orbuildings or development.Ikram’s Centre or Engineering Fo-rensic and Consultancy Services alsonoted that the underground pipes arealready subjected to heavy stress loadsrom ground structures at certain loca-tions.Additional weight could rupturethe pipes that supply water to two mil-lion people in the Klang Valley.emporary and permanent struc-tures at the nursery will also hindermaintenance and upgrading works orthe pipes.Ikram was appointed by YayasanSelangor to conduct the study last yearas the oundation had intended to turnGreen Lane into a nursery theme park.Te plan has since been shelved.
Green Lane nurseries can stay for now 
 ⁄ January 20 – 22, 2012

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