3 holdouts, but Federal Govt not wasting time

Tuesday, 08 February 2011

By Adib Povera                           adibpovera@nst.com.my

ALOR STAR: The Federal Government will take control of solid waste management in the peninsula with the enforcement of the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleanliness Act 2007 from April 1.

This is despite the refusal by three state governments to accept the move which started

15 years ago.Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the government would proceed with enforcing the act from April 1. However, he said negotiations with the three state governments were still in progress.

Chor said this after handing over 20 trash compactors from Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd (E-Idaman) to the local authorities in the state here yesterday. He was also asked on the enforcement of the act and privatisation of solid waste management services in the country.It is believed that Penang, Perak and Selangor have refused to allow the respective concession companies to handle solid waste management since 1996 and have since depended on their respective local authorities to do the job. 

Chor said with full privatisation, which was being coordinated by the ministry’s Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Department, the appointed concessionaires would be subjected to a standard key performance index and would have to meet strict requirements set by the government. 

The concessionaires are Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, which is responsible for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan; Southern Waste Management Sdn Bhd (Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor) and E-Idaman (Perak, Kedah, Penang and Perlis). 

Chor said along with the enforcement of the act, the interim agreements between the concessionaires of solid waste management facilities and local councils would be turned into concession agreements. 

“The change in status would enable the concessionaires to improve their services and allow them to apply for loans from banks to upgrade their lorries or even employ more workers.” He also urged state governments which owed money to the concessionaires to settle their dues, which have accumulated to more than RM350 million over the past 13 years. 

He said the ministry would set up incinerators in Labuan, Pulau Tioman in Terengganu, Langkawi in Kedah and Cameron Highlands in Pahang and Pulau Pangkor in Perak.




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