Quarry operators urged to increase annual contribution to district council
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.