Clean up, Saravanan tells
09/05/2008 The Star By Izatun
KUALA LUMPUR: A stern warning has been given to the management committees of
flats, apartments, condominiums, gated communities, commercial buildings,
shopping complexes, service apartments, industrial parks and town houses as
well as residents' associations to clear rubbish in areas under their
The Federal Territories Ministry has directed its enforcement officers to be
strict to these management committees to ensure that the city is clean.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said summonses would
be issued to management committees, which failed to clean up areas under
"We are giving a stern warning to these management committees to ensure that
they clear up rubbish in areas that do not fall under the purview of Alam
Flora Sdn Bhd and City Hall Kuala Lumpur (DBKL). If areas under their
jurisdiction are not cleaned, we will issue them with a summons," he told
reporters Friday after a meeting with senior officials from Alam Flora to
identify weaknesses in the company's garbage collection service here.
He said Alam Flora and DBKL would have to cooperate with these management
committees and residents' associations to keep the city clean.
"Many places in the city are not clean. We can't change overnight but I give
you the assurance that in six months you will see a difference in Kuala
Lumpur, provided that management committees and residents' associations give
He pointed out the public should not blame Alam Flora and DBKL every time
certain areas in the city were dirty.
"The public must realise that Alam Flora and DBKL are not responsible for
cleaning up all areas in the city. Most shopping complexes, commercial
buildings and condominiums appoint their own management committees to clear
Saravanan said one of the weaknesses of Alam Flora's cleaning service
stemmed from the inefficiency of contractors it appointed.
He said the solid waste management company, which has 3,000 workers,
appointed contractors for about 70% of the garbage collection service.
"They are in the process of reviewing the contractors' service and will give
us a full report on the matter as soon as possible," he said, adding that
the company had just identified the weaknesses and it should be given some
time to improve its service.
On numerous complaints about uncollected garbage at some terrace houses due
to lorries which broke down, he said: "Alam Flora proposed the setting up of
a joint committee with DBKL to overcome the weaknesses."
He said he would brief the minister about the proposal but it would be up to
the minister to decide.
He reiterated that the ministry had no intention of cancelling Alam Flora's
contract but was in the process of improving its service.
"Only the Federal Government can make a decision on the contract," he