Quarry op­er­a­tors urged to in­crease an­nual con­tri­bu­tion to district coun­cil

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MIRO Simuh ( BN- Serembu) has called on the seven ac­tive quarry op­er­a­tors in the con­stituency to in­crease their an­nual con­tri­bu­tion to Bau District Coun­cil ( BDC).

He said the RM8,000 an­nual con­tri­bu­tion from all the seven quar­ries was far from suf­fi­cient to main­tain the road dam­aged by the heavy lor­ries from the quar­ries.

N16 Serumbu is the only state con­stituency with plenty of quarry op­er­a­tions… there are about seven ac­tive quar­ries and it should be good to have such in­dus­try in my area. But these quar­ries bring mis­ery to our lo­cal cit­i­zens. Miro Simuh, Serembu as­sem­bly­man

In this re­spect, he said BDC was work­ing to make each quarry con­trib­ute RM100,000 to BDC.

“N16 Serumbu is the only state con­stituency with plenty of quarry op­er­a­tions… there are about seven ac­tive quar­ries and it should be good to have such in­dus­try in my area.

“But these quar­ries bring mis­ery to our lo­cal cit­i­zens,” he told the au­gust House yes­ter­day.

He said this when de­bat­ing the Sup­ply ( 2018) Bill 2017 yes­ter­day.

Miro pointed out that the quarry op­er­a­tors are dig­ging the state’s re­sources, but the lo­cals get noth­ing, not even in terms of cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR).

Ac­cord­ing to him, the re­quests by lo­cals for CSR pro­grammes were never en­ter­tained by the quarry op­er­a­tors.

He urged the rel­e­vant au­thor­ity to take re­spon­si­bil­ity by ap­ply­ing law and or­der on ev­ery sin­gle quarry op­er­a­tion in the area. He also called on the gov­ern­ment not to re­new the min­ing leases in Bau.

He pointed out that there are some parcels of land in Bau, which are still un­der min­ing lease.

“This min­ing lease is an­other stop­ping block for the gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor to de­velop such land ei­ther to ex­pand Bau town or for agri­cul­tural pur­poses.

“Thus, we urge the state gov­ern­ment not to re­new all land min­ing leases in or­der to give chance for the lo­cals to de­velop their land in fu­ture,” he stressed.

By not re­new­ing the min­ing leases, it is also hoped that it would at­tract in­vestors to in­vest in agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, prop­erty, tourism and even small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs), he added.

He also pro­posed for the set­ting up of new clin­ics at Sini­awan, which is sur­rounded by 18 vil­lages and three hous­ing es­tates, and Krokong where the ex­ist­ing clinic is too small and stuffy and sit­u­ated on a flood-prone area.

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