‘Stop dragging feet on waste privatisation’

Posted on January 14, 2012. Filed under: Waste |

-NST– Chor raps Penang, Selangor govts

Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung
Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung housing and local government minister

SELANGOR and Penang are urged to join the Federal Government in privatising their solid waste collection and public cleaning operations.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the privatisation should  not be seen as a political gimmick but as an effort by the Federal Government in providing a better environment for the people.

He said that this would also create a better system for waste and disposal management in the country.

“We are not sure why the two states have refused to join us.

“The other opposition state Kelantan is  in the process of joining us.

“This issue should not be politicised as public health must be our priority.

“We need a more uniform system to ensure the cleanliness of our environment,” Chor said at the handing over ceremony of   free garbage bins on wheels to residents of Taman Desa here yesterday.

Chor added that Selangor and Penang had not provided any reason on their refusal to join in the privatisation.

“Maybe they are  paranoid about the Federal Government  introducing something of benefit to the public.

“They should not be too sensitive on this important public health matter.”

The privatisation agreement was signed last September to enable the three selected concessionaire companies to make large scale investments in the latest technology and equipment, as well as a highly skilled work force.

Chor said the garbage bins in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Pahang would be managed by Alam Flora Sdn Bhd while those in Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan would be managed by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd, with Perlis and Kedah to be managed by Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd.

He said the distribution of the bins in Kelantan and Perak was still at the planning stage.

Alam Flora chief executive officer Mohd Zain Hassan said the company had so far invested close to RM800 million in getting the bins, new vehicles and other equipment.

The new agreement had brought to an end the uncertain 14-year interim waiting period for the concessionaires.

Appointed concessionaires are distributing 120-litre garbage bins to residents of landed properties, 660-litre bins to apartments and 1,100-litre bins to condominiums.

Chor said the free garbage bins were being distributed in line with the enforcement of the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672).

The bill was passed in Parliament last year.

Read more: ‘Stop dragging feet on waste privatisation’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/local/general/stop-dragging-feet-on-waste-privatisation-1.32072#ixzz1jbpfCj8v

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