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Datuk Bandar Failure

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By Jerry Francis

 

Dato’ Roshidi Hashim was reported to have admitted that he had failed as the Mayor of Ipoh for being unable to keep the city clean.

I accept his admission at the last City Council’s full-board meeting, but I cannot accept his excuse that his failure was solely because the people could not be disciplined and refrained from throwing rubbish indiscriminately.

Does this mean that he and his successors are going to just accept the situation as “whatever will be, will be” and blame it all on the attitude of the residents? Dato’ Roshidi’s failure is largely due to the City Council’s lack of determination to restore the city’s lost image as one of the cleanest in the country.

The City Council needs to lead by example. If it failed in carrying out its responsibilities, then it can expect the residents to also adopt a “tidak-apa” attitude and discard their wastes indiscriminately and readily blame the City Council for its poor services.

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After all, preventing wastes from being indiscriminately discarded is only part of the overall efforts needed to keep the city clean. Clogged drains need clearing, rubbish collected efficiently, grass cut regularly, care of plants and shrubs along streets and roads, and proper maintenance of public parks and attractions. Every household in the city too must be directed to place all their domestic wastes in rubbish bins, not in plastic bags hanging on fences and trees, only to be scattered by dogs, cats and cattle. These are among the ingredients of a clean city.

Are all these not the responsibilities of the City Council? If so, would not the poor service we are experiencing now reflect on the efficiency of the City Council? Then why just put the blame on the people?

How is it that over two decades ago Ipoh was clean when it was just a municipality, but not now? The argument often put forward is that the city limit had increased in size, but let’s not forget that as the city grew, so did its manpower and budget.

Of course, the residents too are to be blamed for the thousands of illegal rubbish dumps scattered around the city. Their lack of cooperation is frustrating the City Council’s effort to clear the illegal dumps. The moment an illegal dump is cleared, a new dump begins.

One of the main culprits is the operators of small lorries for hire. They are the ones who cart the wastes and dump them at the nearest place convenient to them. Therefore, the City Council should consider taking stern action, including sending plainclothes enforcement officers to catch those responsible for throwing wastes indiscriminately. The City Council has the power to enforce the various enactments pertaining to health and cleanliness in the city.

It should not allow any “political constraints” to affect its efforts to keep the city clean. Those irresponsible residents will have to be prosecuted since attempts to discipline them into restraining from littering and illegal dumping of wastes had failed.

The City Council must bring those guilty of illegal dumping to court to show that it means business.

Ipoh Echo had in 2010 launched a “dirt vigilante” campaign calling on residents to report, with photographs, areas found to be filthy. Following this, the City Council had moved in to clear hundreds of illegal dumps, particularly in the Gunung Rapat area.

Of late, the City Council seems to be taking it easy. Not only the city is getting dirtier, cattle and buffaloes are reappearing in the city. They are endangering motorists at night and damaging plants in the housing estates.

A Mockery to the Efficiency of Ipoh City Council

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Are these pictures a sign of inefficiency of the Ipoh City Council, or a mockery of its slogan “Ipoh Clean, Green and Developing”? Look at the piles of uncollected wastes, mainly leftover foods from the night food-stalls, beside Dataran MBI – on the front yard of the city council’s complex.

For several hours on May 31, the refuse contained in black plastic bags were blocking parking bays and some with their foul smelling contents scattered on the road.

Motorists, driving around to look for parking space in the busy Greentown Commercial Centre, were seen shaking their heads in disgust at the sight of the uncollected wastes.

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Yes, there may be a valid reason for the failure of collecting the wastes on that particular day, but did it need to take several hours for the city council to come up with a contingency action to remove them, especially when it was just a stone’s throw away?

What will ratepayers and visitors think when about a week ago, in conjunction with the City Day’s celebration, City Council gave recognition to about 10 per cent of its workforce for their hard work.

During the presentation of the awards, State Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad congratulated all recipients for a job well done.

A Mockery to the Efficiency of Ipoh City Council

“The purpose of handing out the awards is to give due recognition to excellent workers in the council. I hope that the recipients will maintain or improve their work standards and set an example for their colleagues,” he said.

Of course, many of those recipients deserve the awards. They are the “unsung heroes”. It is a pity that such failure to collect the wastes quickly would reflect on them and the city council as a whole.

Jerry Francis

More Rubbish Collection Woes

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Residents, Teoh Seng Kok and Ng Kum Seong of Taman Arena Kepayang, whose complaints about garbage collection had not been responded to by the city council for almost a year, had to approach Dato’ Lee Kon Yin of BN’s Public Complaints Bureau for help.

They said the garbage contractor had been piling collected wastes from the roads and placing it at a collection point next to their front gate adjoining their neighbours.

 

L-R: Resident Ng, Dato' Lee, resident Teoh and BN Mathew Puru

Ng had complained to MBI twice in the last two months saying some mornings the rubbish pile blocked him from reversing his car and that he had to hose down the area later due to the smell leaked onto the road.

He also suggested that the contractor place the collection point at the end of the block next to an open space. However their requests were ignored.

Dato’ Lee who alerted the media about the visit suggested that the residents contact their zone councillor of their problems. However the residents did not know who their councillor was or his contact number.

The tarred jogging track which is overgrown

Lee would now contact the respective council’s department in charge regarding the complaint. Lee also suggested that city council erect a notice board at a strategic location indicating the name and contact number of the councillor complete with a photo for residents to contact whenever they had any community issues.

Ng also requested Lee to help get city council to clear a 800-metre jogging path along the Kinta River which is over grown with undergrowth for years. “When the jogging path was tarred 12 years ago the residents used it every evening but gradually stopped thereafter when no maintenance was forthcoming.”

JAG