Wednesday June 27, 2012
Heavy penalty imposed
NELSON BENJAMIN, DESIREE TRESA GASPER and MOHD FARHAAN SHAH at the Johor State Assembly
NUSAJAYA: More than RM3.9mil has been collected from SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM) for failing to adhere to their Key Performance Index.
Local Government, Housing, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil said that the penalty was imposed by the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPAA).
“There are a total of 75 KPIs which SWM needed to fulfill and whenever they did not meet them, a penalty is imposed,” he said during the state assembly sitting here.
Ahmad Zahri said that some of the penalties included for failure to collect rubbish according to the schedule set and failing to conduct rubbish collection works properly.
“Other than that, the PPSPAA also elects an assisting contractor within 24 hours if SWM cannot attend and fix complaints made within the stipulated time,” he said when questioned by Cheong Chin Liang (BN-Bukit Batu).
Ahmad Zahri told the sitting that other than receiving complaints, the PPSPAA also analyses the complaints received and comes up with methods to deal with them as soon as possible,
“The PPSPAA also allows for the local councils to view the complaints made using a special log on number which has been provided to them,” he said adding that all the measures were taken to ensure for better living conditions for the people.
On another issue, Ahmad Zahri also explained that 97.7% of the public housing projects (PPR) and low cost homes were being built in Johor Baru.
“The main reason we are concentrating on building these homes in Johor Baru is to tackle the issue with regards to squatters in the district,” he said, adding that a total of 6,868 such homes were built in the district.
Ahmad Zahri explained that 85% of the state’s squatters lived in Johor Baru and they were squatting on government land, involved in infrastructure projects such as building of roads and hospitals.
“We are aware of the shortcomings in the state’s housing policies and were formulating new regulations under a new committee set up to study the policy statewide,” he added.