The callous attitude of Ipoh residents has led to illegal rubbish dumping even after the area has been cleaned. This is common especially in residential areas, public spaces, as well as on the roadside.
Recently, it was found that Hala Pegoh 27 at RPT Pengkalan Pegoh has become an illegal dumping ground among the residents.
The situation has raised the attention and concern of the Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, as such attitude is causing public concern for the residents in the surrounding areas.
He stressed that the Ipoh City Council (MBI) always carries out cleaning in the area every month but the garbage will be seen in the area again in less than a week.
“Recently, we cleaned up an illegal dumping site at the location on December 12, but the rubbish had piled up again.
“Failure to comply with warnings has caused problems especially for the residents living nearby,” he said.
Rumaizi, who conducted a survey at the location following the complaints received, described the situation as an inconvenience for other parties.
He said the type of garbage that is often discarded consists of food waste, including food and beverage packaging materials.
“This type of garbage, if left unmonitored, will cause the surrounding environment to smell and also attract rats and flies which are carriers of diseases.
“The discarded items also often consist of containers filled with water that become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“Apart from that, there is rubbish consisting of sharp objects such as broken glass and pieces of cans that can make the affected area dangerous,” he said.
Rumaizi further stressed that the increasingly widespread situation not only pollutes the environment but also wastes people’s money that could be used for other development programmes in the city.
“MBI will keep cleaning it up as this condition pollutes the environment and can affect public health.
“We hope that the local community can join MBI as a team to eradicate this problem from spreading in order to turn Ipoh into a clean, green and safe city,” he said.