Who’s responsible for garbage and leachate woes in Saujana Damansara?

Syed Razak … what a stench!
Who’s responsible for garbage and leachate woes in Saujana Damansara?

How would you feel if there are two huge garbage bins fronting your house with a free flow of leachate to add to the environment’s aroma?

That is exactly what is happening at the Jalan PJU 10/10F-Jalan PJU 10/10B junction in Saujana Damansara.

The two bins fronting two coffeeshop restaurants has become a neighbourhood health hazard, a haven for rats, flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and other insects.

“The stench is most unbearable when the garbage truck clear the bin. The truck would leave pools and a trail of leachate,” restaurant owner W.K. Lim said.

He lamented to Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff that he had complained to both the housing developer (Emkay) and Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) about the health hazard.

“But they just keep pushing the problem to others,” he added.

Lim said the stench would be most unbearable every Friday after the night market or after rain.

After the bins have been cleared … Third World garbage collection services

Syed Razak, who is also Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said “it is clear the problem is due to poor housing planning”.

“The garbage dump is located too close to the shop houses. Obviously, the design of the garbage dump structure is also flawed.


“If not, why are the bins not inside the ‘building’? The bins are left obstructing traffic,” he added.

Syed Razak urged the commercial centre developer (Emkay) and MBPJ to resolve the problem fast as the problem involved public health and hygiene.

“The best solution is to relocate the garbage dump and bins further away from the shop houses,” he added.

Syed Razak said although the garbage collection contractor “is efficient in its daily clearing of the bins, the garbage are left strewn on the road”.

“The least the workers can do is to sweep the road. Better still, use activated microbes spray to kill the stench,” he said, adding that leachate generation is a major problem for municipal solid waste (MSW) management.


“Whatever, the MBPJ must review its MSW management Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), if any. I wonder why is MBPJ so apathetic towards a problem involving neighbourhood environment in Bukit Lanjan?” he asked.

Syed Razak also urged residents and the public to dispose off their “wet garbage” properly to help ease leachate generation.

“And, garbage collectors should stop displaying Third World mentality in their daily collections. Clean up the pools of leachate at the dump and also sweep the road clean.

“Don’t just clear the bins and leave garbage strewn on the road,” he added.


Here’s a selection of pictures taken at the garbage dump:

N.37 LET BUKIT LANJAN SOAR WITH SYED ABDUL RAZAK ALSAGOFF

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