Friday, January 6, 2012

Noh told to stop UMNO's sabotage of municipal services   

Selangor UMNO's deputy liaison chief Noh Omar (pic) has been told to stop any plans by the party to disrupt municipal councils' garbage collection in the state following the state government's move to take over waste disposal services from private company Alam Flora.

Saying Noh and Selangor UMNO could be involved, Selangor PAS information chief said the acts to disrupt garbage collection schedules as reported in many residential neighbourhoods were done to protest the replacement of Alam Flora with companies awarded the contract through open tender.

"The issue is deliberately raised when Alam Flora’s contract was terminated by the state government,” Saari Sungib told a joint press conference with his counterparts from DAP and PKR, Jenice Lee and Shuhaimi Shafiei.

UMNO-owned media had earlier reported delays in garbage collection, saying this was due to the state's decision to terminate Alam Flora.
Earlier, Harakahdaily reported that Hebat Abadi, a subsidiary of state-owned Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad tasked with rubbish collection in Shah Alam, had lodged three police reports claiming its workers were threatened by several men.

Toll-free hotline

Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim meanwhile said that his administration had evidences to prove that the sabotage was a well-coordinated effort by certain parties.
"A scenario, for instance, when the local authorities come and clear an area of rubbish; within a few hours these parties would unload rubbish enough to fill a lorry.

"The state government has found out that this irresponsible act is taking place in housing areas under the jurisdiction of four main local authorities in Selangor - Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya city councils and the Klang and Subang Jaya municipal councils," he told reporters in Shah Alam yesterday.

Khalid said the state was mulling the setting up of a toll-free hotline through local authorities to facilitate complaints about municipal services.

"The complaints will be immediately directed to the local councils for further action and it must be acted upon within 48 hours from the time it is received," he added.


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