Rubbish Woes – Ball Is In Selangor Government’s Court, Says Chor

Posted on January 16, 2012. Filed under: Waste |

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 16 (Bernama) — The federal government will not interfere in the rubbish woes in Selangor as the state government has opted out from the privatisation of solid waste collection and public cleaning.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said Selangor and Penang chose not to join the privatisation when the Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Act 2007 (Act 672) was implemented last year.

“I think this was not the correct thing to do (opt-out from the privatisation of solid waste management), as I have been emphasising that (in matters of) public health and cleanliness, politics should not come into play.

“Now, we can’t do much unless the Selangor government come back to us and joins the scheme. Then, I will have to bring this up to the cabinet to get approval.

“The ball is in the Selangor government’s court,” he told reporters after the ministry monthly assembly here today.

He was asked to comment on complaints by residents in Selangor about irregular rubbish collection following the termination last year of the state government’s contract with Alam Flora Sdn Bhd.

Chor said privatisation of solid waste collection and public cleaning will raise the quality of service because it will encourage selected concessionaire companies to make large-scale investments in the latest technologies, modern machinery and equipment, as well as improving the skills of the workforce.

If all states come under the scheme, he said, there would be uniformity in solid waste management.

Chor said the federal government has to pay an additional RM500 million a year minimum to ensure efficient waste management services.

“The people, irrespective of where they live as long as the state government comes under the scheme of privatization, the Rakyat need not be burden to pay more for the payment of solid waste.

“The people continue to pay the assessment at the usual rate to the local authorities and the balance is borne by the federal government,” he said.

Chor said the National Solid Waste Management Department and the Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Corporation will monitor the performance of works in all states under the scheme.

“If contractors do not carry out rubbish collection, we have the right to deduct payment. That’s why the service is getting better every day since the privatisation,” he said.

Chor said the federal government at first hoped to engage Selangor and Penang to enforce the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleanliness Act but they refused for “whatever reason.”

“The decision to privatise the service was not made overnight. It was decided 13 years ago, and contactors were selected by calling for open tender and they stated doing the job,” he said.

Under the privatisation of solid waste collection and public cleaning, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd will manage the central and east zones comprising the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, as well as Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

SWM Environment Sdn Bhd will manage the southern zone covering Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan while Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd will manage the northern zones of Kedah and Perlis.

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