end to stinking problem
RESIDENTS of Medan Idaman
Gombak are losing their heads from the overpowering stench emanating from
a nearby sewage treatment plant.
According to Idaman Putra Condominium Residents’
Association chairman Albert Lee, residents of the 408-unit Idaman Putra
Condominium are the worst hit, as the condo is right next to the plant.
“This problem has been going on for the last four years
and the last three to four months have been terrible,” Lee said.
He added that numerous complaints to developer Medan
Idaman Sdn Bhd seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.
“We've given them the opportunity to improve, but after
two rounds of repairs, the smell is still there. How can that be?” he
According to residents, Indah Water Konsortium (IWK)
refused to take over the management of the plant because it did not meet
required specifications. They also complained that only one of the two
septic tanks at the plant was functional .
Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPP) assistant
associate director Mohd Jalaludin confirmed this and said there was not
enough aeration and that the stench emanated from sludge trapped in the
Federal Territories Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Yew
Teong Look, who mediated a meeting between the residents, JPP and the
developer last Thursday, was disappointed with the lackadaisical approach
the developer had towards the issue.
“The sewage system must be able to handle the sewage
needs of the residents. For us laymen, the technicalities do not matter.
If the smell persists, it means the plant is not up to specifications,”
said Yew, who also urged the developer to rectify the problem.
Medan Idaman Sdn Bhd project engineer Tony Ng said they
were in the midst of upgrading to achieve 50% aeration rate to address the
“We will monitor the situation. We are also looking into
de-sludging as a short term measure, and will be engaging a tanker from
IWK to suck out the active sludge,” said Ng.
Yew requested that the JPP meet with the developer and
produce a full report with recommendations on how to tackle the situation
to be presented in the next meeting with the residents on Jan 28.
“Please provide recommendations on the areas that need
upgrading. I will inform DBKL to ensure that the plant is able to cater to
the upcoming blocks at Medan Idaman or else CFs will not be issued,” said