Waste management: Cost to soar RM1.4 bil

Posted on August 16, 2010. Filed under: Waste |

-Malaysiakini.com- Solid waste management cost is expected to increase to RM1.4 billion a year when the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act is enforced next year.

Housing and Local Government Minister Chor Chee Heung said with enforcement of the law, the federal government would take over the management and disposal of solid waste from local authorities at a cost of RM2.4 million.

Currently, the cost to manage solid waste is about RM1 billion a year in the peninsula with the services managed by concessionaires appointed by the local authorities, he told reporters after the ministry’s monthly assembly in Kuala Lumpur today.

Chor said that although the government was taking over the task, three existing concessionaires – Alam Flora Sdn Bhd (for central region covering Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang), Southern Waste Management Sdn Bhd (for southern region covering Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Johor) and E-Idaman Sdn Bhd (for northern region covering Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak) – would continue to manage the solid waste disposal.

Mistakes in planning

Earlier in his speech, Chor said that from his visits to several of the ministry’s projects, the reason for many of them not completed on time was due to mistakes during the planning stage and problems faced by contractors.

“To avoid this from recurring, we have to be more careful in choosing the site and contractor for future projects,” he added.

In another development, Chor said it was the responsibility of all municipal councillors to serve for the good of the local community.

“They should realise that the responsibility entrusted upon them is not for their own personal interests.

“All council members, regardless of which party appoints them or in which states, they are all the same, that is to serve the people,” he added.

He said this in response to yesterday’s incidence where an Ampang Jaya Municipal councillor was detained by the police after a fight in which a restaurant owner in Kuala Ampang was injured.

Chor suggested that the Selangor government review the management system of local authorities in the state to ensure the people’s welfare continued to be given priority.

– Bernama

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