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Another BN Crony WASTE Project

This is another BN project. No open tender and no bidding and a black box direct negotiation to enrich BN cronies.

The industrial parks inside the Muhyiddin’s constituency, Pagoh supposed must have waste water processing and solid waste collection facilities in each park. The OC was given to industrial park operators even without these critical facilities, and the exemption given has resulted in unprocessed waste water and pollutants discharged into Muar river.

The Muar river is supplying drinking water for more than 1 million people, yet the discharge of industrial and household pollutants to the river is allowed by bending the laws backward.

Whatever complaint made against this issue by the small kampong folks always ignored by DOE and Johor government because the owner is a MCA leader and also a donor for DPM Muhydddin.

The opposition parties in Pagoh always in the hibernation mode and only wake up for awhile during the election campaign days. This critical local issue was never brought up by DAP, PR and PAS for past 15 years.

PR wants to wrest Johor from BN control is another daylight dream with such a pathetic performance.

More efficient waste management with pact

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin receiving the waste management agreement from SWM Environment Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Sabaruddin Chik. With them are Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung (left) and his deputy, Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin.

PUTRAJAYA: More efficient service at no extra cost — this was the outcome of a tripartite agreement between the Federal Government, nine state governments and three solid waste management companies yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who witnessed the signing, expressed hope that the accord would put an end to illegal dumping.

Under the agreement, which Muhyiddin described as the first major step in enforcing the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act 2007, three companies will be responsible in managing solid waste.

They are Alam Flora Sdn Bhd in the Federal Territories, Putrajaya, Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang; Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd in Kedah and Perlis and SWM Environment Sdn Bhd in Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan.

Plans to privatise waste management in Selangor, Perak and Penang were still on-going, he added.

Muhyddin noted that waste management had not been “perfected” by the three concessionaires, which had been providing such services for the past 14 years, because of uncertainties in the absence of a privatisation agreement.

“The agreement will make it easier for the three companies to invest in assets for better service.

“Proper waste management is everybody’s concern and it affects all households nationwide. To ensure its success, the government is prepared to play a role.

“Previously, it was left to municipal councils and state governments. We will absorb some of the cost,” he said, adding that waste management was integral to the country’s development.

Present was Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

Muhyiddin also said the implementation of the act and privatisation of services, both of which came into effect on Sept 1, was done in view of the need for holistic and integrated efforts for more efficient service to the people.

Chor, at a press conference, said the agreement would see the concessionaires managing solid waste for the next 22 years.

The government had the right to cancel their contracts if their performances were weak.

The three companies will be monitored by the National Solid Waste Department, while enforcement will by the municipal councils.

In the first seven years, households will be charged RM8 a month for rubbish collection. The figure could go up or down depending on factors such as the cost of living, he said.

Alam Flora director Lukman Ibrahim said the privatisation would see better service and best practices in the industry.

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ariel says:

BN likes to outsource (giving projects to cronies) in its privatisation (priratisation) initiatives.

The latest case is AES. why still need JPJ?

Lots of so-called privatisation but we do not see corresponding decrease in civil servants.

Are the new roles of civil servants include attending BN function to create ‘crowd effect’ to demonstrate support for BN? Just look at the number of civil servants at USM for Najib’s visit recently on Saturday.