FILTHY:The lack of rubbish bins has turned the back lanes in Taman Muda into a dumping ground
BUSINESS operators at the commercial area in Taman Muda, here, are urging the authorities to provide them with garbage bins.
Several tenants at Jalan Bunga Tanjung said they had no choice but to discard their garbage at the back lane of their shop lots as they were not given rubbish bins.
They also complained that the rubbish, which comprised food containers, domestic and bulky waste, were left uncollected for days on end.
Teratai constituency public complaints bureau chief Ben Liew Pok Boon said complaints had been lodged with the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) but no action has been taken.
"This problem has been dragging on for about three years. The tenants are worried that indiscriminate garbage dumping will turn the area into a mosquito breeding ground.
"We cannot just blame the shop owners for discarding their rubbish here.
"The council has provided rubbish bins at the commercial areas in Taman Bukit Teratai and Pandan Perdana but why not here? I hope the council and the state government will not politicise this matter as this concerns the cleanliness of the area," said Liew.
He added that the tenants were also upset over the poor waste management by MPAJ.
"Before Alam Flora's service was terminated, the tenants were happy with the good service as the commercial waste was collected five times a week. Now the garbage is collected three times a week and worse still sometimes irregular."
Stationery shop owner Y.F. Wong, 52, hoped that the authorities will take immediate action to solve the garbage woes.
"I'm afraid the uncollected garbage will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other vermin. This would expose us to the risks of contracting dengue or other diseases," said Wong, who has been running his business in the area for 20 years.
Food trader Lime Eng Keong, 55, said the stench from the garbage becomes unbearable, especially when it rains.
"Not only has the back lane become a garbage dump for shop owners, I have also seen strangers dumping their garbage indiscriminately there at night," he said.
Another food operator Yap Teck Choy, 45, said the condition has worsened with the bad habits of some residents in the area.
"Some residents living on the third floor of the shop lots were seen throwing rubbish out of their window. Some foreigners also dumped their rubbish here in the evening," he said.