‘Perak, Ke­lan­tan want to be sig­na­to­ries’

New Straits Times - - News -

IPOH: Perak has ap­plied to sign the Solid Waste and Pub­lic Cleans­ing Man­age­ment Act 2007 (Act 672).

Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar yes­ter­day said Perak and Ke­lan­tan had re­quested to sign the Act.

“We re­ceived the ap­pli­ca­tions re­cently from Perak and Ke­lan­tan.

“Their ap­pli­ca­tions are un­der re­view be­fore be­ing pre­sented to the cabi­net for ap­proval.”

Noh said when the Act was in­tro­duced in 2007, Perak, Ke­lan­tan, Se­lan­gor and Tereng­ganu re­fused to sign.

“Se­lan­gor re­fused to sign be­cause its state gov­ern­ment did not want solid waste to be mo­nop­o­lised by one con­trac­tor or com­pany, pre­fer­ring the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to ap­point their own con­trac­tors to man­age the rubbish and solid waste.”

He said, how­ever, small con­trac­tors did not have enough funds to in­vest in big­ger lor­ries and machines.

“If Perak and Ke­lan­tan ap­pli­ca­tions are ap­proved, the waste man­age­ment would be man­aged by the min­istry through Solid Waste and Pub­lic Cleans­ing Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.”

Ear­lier, Noh handed over keys to 34 poul­try traders at the newly up­graded Aman­jaya Poul­try Mar­ket build­ing.

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