Rubbish woes: Report offenders to the authorities, advises SUPP bureau chief

Yap (in yellow shirt) with the staff of PMC and Trienekens at an unsightly and smelly rubbish dumping site at MJC Batu Kawah New Township.

KUCHING, Jan 25: Residents and business owners at MJC Batu Kawah New Township who are frustrated with indiscriminate dumping of rubbish are advised to report the offender/s to Padawan Municipal Council (PMC) or the management company.

SUPP Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chief Wilfred Yap, who is a lawyer, suggests giving information such as the offender’s vehicle, location, date, time, description of rubbish and description of the offender.

“A photo of the offender of illegal rubbish dumping taken from a handphone will be very effective in identifying the offender/s,” he said in a statement today.

Yap lamented that the issue of unsightly and smelly rubbish had been a long outstanding problem that required a permanent solution as local councils and Trienekens had on many occasions cleaned up indiscriminate rubbish areas only to see the same problem occurring.

Yap (in yellow shirt) with the staff of PMC and Trienekens inspecting the rubbish dumping site.

Yap said he was recently informed by frustrated residents and business owners of MJC Batu Kawah New Township of the repeated and rampant indiscriminate disposal of trading, commercial and household wastes at the rubbish dumping holding area at the back of shophouses.

Yap, together with staff from PMC and Trienekens, then went to inspect and assess the situation. It seemed that the problem arose as the people were not throwing the wastes into the rubbish bins provided by Trienekens, which caused the surrounding areas to be smelly and unsightly.

“The issue of making sure that the wastes are properly thrown into rubbish bins lies with the management company, business owners and residents of MJC Batu Kawah New Township,” he emphasised.

Instead of relying wholly on PMC and Trienekens, Yap hoped that the management company, residents and business owners of the township would be proactive in keeping their surroundings clean and, together with PMC, build a beautiful, clean and sustainable commercial and residential area.

“I hope that the public is aware that indiscriminately dumping rubbish costs ratepayers a lot of money each year in removal charges,” he pointed out.

“The public need to play their role in assisting PMC through reporting or lodging a complaint if they see anyone indiscriminately rubbish dumping.”

SUPP Public Complaints Bureau is always ready to assist the public and lend a helping hand to the anyone facing problems or who come across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it.

Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint Bureau’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance. — DayakDaily