Lambir Solid Waste Transfer station needs to be moved to new location, says minister

Nancy visiting one of the patients staying at Anjung Kasih Miri Hospital, Agnes Insit, 54, from Limbang.

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MIRI, Jan 27: The local authorities here have been urged to find a new site to relocate the Lambir Solid Waste Transfer station, which has caused nearby residents to suffer from the stench coming from the station daily, since it was built in 2004.

Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the stench has not only affected nearby housing areas, but also the inmates of the Juvenile Detention Centre Miri and Lambir Prison.

“The authorities need to find a land for the station to resolve this issue as soon as possible, because presently, it located too near to the detention centre and surrounding housing areas, which is not healthy,” she said during a press conference on Friday morning after visiting Miri Hopsital’s Anjung Kasih.

During the visit, Nancy was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Health Malaysia Lukanisman Awang Sauni and Miri Hospital’s director Dr Jack Wong.

Meanwhile, Lukanisman gave his assurance that his Ministry will improve health services in Miri Hospital to address the congestion issue as the hospital not only caters to those in this division, but for the whole Northern Region.

On another note, Nancy also thanked the management of Miri Hospital for providing free temporary housing facilities for patient’s relatives from the rural and interior areas.

Anjung Kasih is managed by the Yayasan Kebajikan Negara (YKN) to meet the needs a patient’s family in the State. — DayakDaily