KLANG: More than 1,000 residents in Bandar Botanik, here, held a peaceful gathering to urge the developer and relevant authorities to solve the sewerage problem they have been facing for the past seven years.

For years, residents at Ambang Botanik 1, Ambang Botanik 2, Bandar Botanik, Cemara and Kundang have endured the stench from overflowing sewage believed to be caused by an ineffective vacuum sewerage system apart from narrow sewers.

Ambang Botanik Residents Association president Caleb Khoo said several complaints had been made to developer Harum Intisari Sdn Bhd, Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) and National Water Services Commission (SPAN) but so far, no long term solution has been implemented.

It is understood that the vacuum sewerage system installed by the developer was imported from overseas and the first of its kind ever used in Malaysia.

"Although this system is from overseas, it is pointless if it only brings problems to the residents. The failure of this system has caused the majority of the 9,000 homes here to be contaminated with wastewater and foul smell.


Residents at Ambang Botanik 1, Ambang Botanik 2, Bandar Botanik, Cemara and Kundang have been having sewerage problem for the past seven years. Pix by Mohd Asri Saifuddin Mamat

"There is a dedicated team from IWK which comes every day to pump out sewage but it does not solve the problem.

"We can no longer bear living in this foul stench and we hope immediate action will be taken to solve this problem," he said when met at the gathering held in conjunction with the World Toilet Day at Bandar Botanik, here, today.

During the gathering, the residents also presented a memorandum to representatives from Harum Intisari Sdn Bhd, IWK and SPAN.

Meanwhile, IWK central region manager Mohd Taufik Salleh said the sewerage system in Bandar Botanik and Ambang Botanik has been delivered in stages by the developer to IWK in 2005 and 2006.

He said the problems happened because the vacuum collection chamber system is getting weaker and failed to work, causing the sewage to overflow into the residents' homes and onto the road.


Dirty lake - Residents at Ambang Botanik 1, Ambang Botanik 2, Bandar Botanik, Cemara and Kundang urge developer and relevant authorities to solve the sewerage problem they have been facing for the past seven years. Pix by Mohd Asri Saifuddin Mamat

"IWK is in the process of investigating the weaknesses in the vacuum system via a monitoring committee. At the moment, 25 dedicated workers have been assigned to manage the sewerage system and take down complaints from the residents.

"Apart from this, two tankers have been designated to service the critical vacuum collection chambers," he said.

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Residents at Ambang Botanik 1, Ambang Botanik 2, Bandar Botanik, Cemara and Kundang hold a peaceful gathering to urge the developer and relevant authorities to solve the sewerage problem they have been facing for the past seven years. Pix by Mohd Asri Saifuddin Mamat