SHAH ALAM: More piles of rubbish in Selangor, especially in the outskirts, is further proof that the opposition-led state government has failed to manage solid waste in the state, said Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) coordinator Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed.
Mohd Zin said the announcement by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who claimed that the solid waste management problems in the state had been solved with the recent acquisition of 50 new compactor lorries, were lies.
"If the problem is solved, why does the Selangor BN People's Service Centre (Pakar) continue to receive a significant number of complaints regarding this issue.
"Anyone can spot a lot of garbage piled around their residential areas. Even today, I received more complaints from residents in Section 27 and Section 28 here."
He added that of all the states, the garbage problem was most acute in Selangor, stemming largely from the state's controversial move to take over garbage collection from waste management concessionaire Alam Flora Sdn Bhd in October, last year.
It was reported that the Selangor government, as part of the restructuring plan following the move, had claimed to have saved RM100 million, which included purchase of compactor lorries worth RM14.5 million in June.
Last week, the sole distributor of compressor garbage trucks in Malaysia, Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles Sdn Bhd, said the lorries were obsolete.
In addition, a source from a local authority who received the new lorries said that its capacity was much smaller than those used by Alam Flora and does not meet specifications.
Mohd Zin said the complaints received by Pakar included failure to collect garbage, unscheduled collections and rubbish strewn all over streets and public places.
"We are ready to make public all the complaints that have been submitted. Problems like this had never happened when solid waste management was being run by Alam Flora.
"We hope the state government will no longer issue statements to mislead the people."
In June, Khalid, in launching the compactor lorries, had also challenged the Ministry of Housing and Local Government to discuss the issue of restructuring the solid waste management being implemented in other states.