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No fines for JMBs yet

SWCorp will hold off issuing compounds to residents of high-rise buildings, to give them time to understand the waste separation process.

RESIDENTS at high-rises have been given a reprieve by Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) in compulsory waste separation.

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Segregating rubbish: Resident Kalieamah Palani, 66, throwing egg trays into the paper section of recycling cages at PPr Kampung Limau, Pantai Dalam. SWCorp Enforcement Unit senior assistant director Sharudin Hamid said residents in this category would not be penalised yet and they would be given time to learn the process of separating and disposing the recyclable items in their premises.

He said that although enforcement was ongoing, the authority would not issue compounds to any of the residential high-rise joint management bodies (JMBs) just yet.

“We are still engaging with JMBs on this matter and while there are some good ones (JMBs) who are taking the initiative to follow the rules, their numbers are small,” he said.

“Less than 10% are actually making the effort and to me, this is very worrying,” he added.

Sharudin shot down claims by some JMBs that the local authorities were not communicating with them.

“We have been talking to them since last year about separating their kitchen waste from the recyclable items, but they must make the effort to change,” he said.

He was responding to Star Metro’s front-page story that hundreds of recycling cages were not being properly utilised.

Many of these cages provided by waste management company Alam Flora Sdn Bhd to residents in June have been destroyed, vandalised or simply left empty. In some areas, the cages were burnt.

Measuring 2.13m in height, 0.91m in width and 3.04m in length, each recycling cage costs RM1,200.

It is estimated that half, if not more, are not being used properly.

The cages were given to JMBs of high-rise buildings earlier this year in stages so that residents could start practising separating their waste before the mandatory waste separation at source ruling kicked in on June 1.

Under Act 672, it is mandatory for households in the Federal Territory to separate solid waste at source and it is being implemented and enforced in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah.

When contacted, most JMB and management committee (MC) members in Kuala Lumpur said they were not sure how to use the recycling cages in their high-rises.

“We were never informed about it and no one told us or showed us how to use it,” said Neo S.H., a member of the Palm Court management committee.

“Of course some may say simple instructions are available, but Alam Flora and SWCorp should still make an effort to engage with us,” he said.

Tong Weng Mansion and Tong Soon Mansion, two medium-cost apartments in Brickfields, are also struggling to get their residents to segregate recyclable items.

“Eighty percent of our residents are foreigners and they are just tenants so they do not care about recycling, as seen in the sorrylooking recycling cages here,” said Tong Weng management committee chairman G.S. Maniam.

He said convincing residents of the necessity to segregate their rubbish was difficult, adding that the problem was compounded by the lack of engagement from government agencies.

Maniam, who holds the treasurer post at Tong Soon Mansion, suggested that the authorities introduce a reward system to encourage residents to recycle, whereby those who brought in their recyclable items would receive vouchers or coupons.

When SWCorp enforces punitive action under Act 672 for mandatory waste separation at source, JMBs can be slapped with a RM100 fine for the first offence, RM200 (second offence) and RM500 (third offence).

As for landed properties, Sharudin said 84 households in Kuala Lumpur that failed to separate their rubbish since June 1 when the ruling was enforced, would be issued compounds soon.

He said that so far, only landed properties that did not separate their rubbish at source would be compounded.

Those who do not segregate their waste at source can be fined up to a maximum of RM1,000.Subsequent offences will see offenders being hauled to court for failure to ensure that waste is separated at source.

Source: The Star 12 August 2016

 

Many of the recycling cages provided at high-rise buildings have been misused by residents who do not separate their trash and treat the areas like dumpsites.

MORE than half of the 1,153 recycling cages that were provided to residents living in high-rise buildings in Kuala Lumpur to separate their recycled waste are under-utilised.

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One big mix: This recycling cage in PPR Kampung Limau in Pantai Dalam, Bangsar, is a good reflection of the apathy of the residents living there. They clearly did not follow the simple three-step rule to segregate their waste.

Many of these cages provided by waste management company Alam Flora Sdn Bhd in June to residents have been destroyed, vandalised or simply left to rot. In some areas, the cages were burnt.

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Measuring 2.13m in height, 0.91m in width and 3.04m in length, each recycling cage costs RM1,200.

It is estimated that half, if not more, are not being used properly.

The cages were given to JMBS (Joint Management Bodies) of high rise buildings earlier this year in stages so that residents could start practising separating their waste before the mandatory waste separation at source ruling kicked in on June 1.

Under Act 672, it is mandatory for households to separate solid waste at source and it is being implemented and enforced in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah.

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A widespread problem

A check by Starmetro of high-rise buildings in 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur, revealed that these cages were not being used in a proper manner.

Commercial premises were also guilty of misusing the cages.

And what’s mind boggling is that this tidak apa attitude is prevalent in both affluent areas as well as low-cost government housing schemes.

In fact, even townships which are part of the Local Agenda 21, a Kuala Lumpur City Hall led effort to get the local community to practise sustainable living and environmental protection, are guilty of abusing the cages.

The cages have three sections – paper, plastic and others.

Easy-to-follow instructions are provided with info-graphics educating residents on how to separate their recyclables.

It boggles the mind as to why people are not doing it properly.

Or maybe there is a simpler explanation, they just cannot be bothered to get it right.

For instance, they dump organic waste into the recycling cages which are meant for recyclables.

In the section meant for paper, you can find plastic, fabric and old shoes.

For the section labelled others, you can find paper, plastic and even foodstuff.

Areas where recycling cages are being abused included government housing schemes such as PPR Taman Sri Kuching, PPR Hiliran Ampang, PPR Kg Limau, PPR Laksamana and PPR Pudu Ulu.

Residents living in private condominiums and flats in Ampang, Brickfields, Jalan Kelang Lama, Taman United and the Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park were also guilty of not properly using the recycling cages.

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Not rocket science

“What can I say?,” said Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (Swcorp) Federal Territory director Hazilah Gumri.

“It is not rocket science, I have no idea why they do it,” Hazilah said, referring to people who misuse the recycling cages.

“Like I have said many times before, 70% of people know that recycling is good, but they simply do not practise it.

“Common sense tells you that plastic goes into the plastic section and paper goes into the paper section, but you still have people, including educated ones, who are still unable to follow simple steps.

“It all boils down to their attitude,” she added.

Hazilah admitted that Klites seem to be having a problem with the recycling cages, adding that complaints they were too small were being looked into.

“But when you tell me that they do not know how to differentiate between paper and plastic, that is just ridiculous,” Hazilah added.

“The JMBS have got to get their act together.

“They must take responsibility and ownership of their properties.

“There is no point living in first class condos but having a third class mentality,” she added.

Like a rented car

Alam Flora chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zain Hassan compared the way people treat the recycling cages to driving a rented car.

“When it is notyours, you treat it like it does not matter. That’s how people are.

“There is no sense of ownership here.

“People just do not care, and it really does not matter whether you live in an upscale neighbourhood or a low-cost government housing scheme,” lamented Mohd Zain.

He added that public apathy is also preventing them from carrying out their work effectively.

“A three-hour job takes five hours.

“Everyone wants to get their work done as quickly as possible.

“But when they have to spend extra time cleaning up domestic waste from the recycling cages, it is going push our workers back by several hours,” Mohd Zain said.

Swcorp said that they were monitoring the situation and have identified areas where the cages were misused and would be taking action soon.

 Source: The Star, 3 August 2016

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Revision follows public outcry

KUALA LUMPUR: In an aboutturn, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has reduced parking charges by up to 33% depending on the locality, after motorists raised a hue and cry.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the parking rates would be reduced from today.

New parking rate

“As a caring government, we have taken into account views from the public and lowered the rates.

“The implementation of the new rates is based on the principle of moving people not vehicles,” he said in a statement.

The charges at DBKL-owned parking bays in the central business district (CBD) will be reduced to RM1.50 for the first hour and RM2.50 for the second hour.

This is a 25% reduction compared with the previous charge of RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for subsequent hours.

On July 18, the new parking charges saw hikes of between 100% and 200%.

DBKL justified the increase by saying that the rates had not been revised for 40 years.

Tengku Adnan said areas outside the CBD would also see a reduction.

Rates in areas categorised as high activity such as Sentul, Solaris Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Bangsar, Brickfields and Sri Petaling will be lowered by 33% from RM1.50 per hour to RM1 per hour.

Meanwhile, zones outside the city would be cut by 20% from RM1 per hour to 80 sen per hour.

These areas include Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Sungai Besi, Wangsa Maju, Overseas Union Garden and Segambut.

Motorists can buy a monthly pass, ranging between RM150 and RM300, according to the zone.

As for reserved parking bays, a fee of between RM240 and RM400 per month is applicable.

DBKL has appointed Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, the welfare arm of the Federal Territories Ministry, to manage the city’s parking system.

For details, the public can visit the website at http://www.citycarpark.my.

Source: The Star 30 July 2016

Majlis Perjumpaan KPB Brickfields Bersama JMB dan MC Kondominium Kawasan Brickfields

IPD Brickfields, 27 Julai 2016 – Majlis Perjumpaan Ketua Polis Balai Brickfields Bersama Pengurusan Joint Management Body (JMB) dan Management Body (MC) Kondominium Kawasan Brickfields telah diadakan di Perkarangan Balai Polis Brickfields, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.

Turut serta hadir di majlis perjumpaan ini ialah ASP Halimahton Saadiah bt Hairin, Penolong Ketua Polis Balai (Urus Tadbir Balai), Insp. Nik Faidzrul bin Nik Fauzi, Penolong Ketua Polis Balai (Ketenteraman Awam), Insp. Razmi bin Ismail,
Ketua Unit StaRT dan Insp. Muhammad Sukri bin Zainuddin, Ketua Unit Rondaan serta 31 wakil JMB serta MC.

Objektif majlis perjumpaan ini diadakan adalah untuk mengenal pasti dan menyelesaikan permasalahan berkaitan jenayah oleh pengurusan kondominium. Selain dari itu, turut disampaikan kes-kes jenayah semasa yang sering berlaku di kondominium serta langkah-langkah keselamatan yang perlu diambil oleh pengurusan kondominium dan pengawal keselamatan yang dilantik.

Pihak pengurusan kondominium juga hendaklah memainkan peranan dalam membantu pihak polis membanteras jenayah dengan menjadi mata dan telinga polis iaitu menyalurkan terus maklumat-maklumat jenayah kepada pihak Balai Polis Brickfields untuk diambil tindakan.

Majlis perjumpaan ini telah berjalan dengan lancarnya dan mendapat sambutan yang amat baik daripada para jemputan yang hadir.

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Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) akan mengadakan Kempen Membayar Tunggakan Hasil DBKL pada bulanOgos 2016 untuk pembayaran cukai taksiran, sewa perumahan PPR/PA, sewaan gerai pasar dan notis kompaun trafik DBKL.

 

Kempen ini bertujuan memberi kemudahan kepada warga kota untuk membuat rayuan, rundingan, menjelaskan bayaran serta mengemaskini maklumat mengenai cukai taksiran, sewa perumahan PPR/PA, sewaan gerai pasar dan notis kompaun trafik DBKL tersebut.

 

Justeru itu, DBKL menyeru kepada semua warga kota agar mengambil peluang ini untuk hadir membuat rayuan dan berunding serta menjelaskan bayaran semasa kempen ini dilaksanakan. DBKL juga menawarkan kadar khas notis kompaun trafik semasa kempen ini dilaksanakan tertakluk kepada terma dan syarat.

 

Setelah kempen ini tamat, DBKL akan melaksanakan operasi sita dan meneruskan tindakan mahkamah kepada pemilik harta yang gagal menjelaskan tunggakan cukai taksiran. Selain itu, DBKL akan meneruskan tindakan penguatkuasaan kepada penyewa perumahan PPR/PA dan gerai pasar seperti menamatkan penyewaan berkenaan dan melaksanakantindakan mahkamah. DBKL juga akan meneruskan dengan sekatan urusniaga (senaraihitam) kenderaan di Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan sekiranya notis kompaun trafik masih gagal dijelaskan.

 

Untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai kempen ini, sila hubungi:

 

Nama Nombor Telefon Emel
Pn. Faridah Hanim Hassan 03-26178176 faridahhanim@dbkl.gov.my
En. Sairie Mustafa 03-26178185 sairie@dbkl.gov.my

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Sumber: Laman Web DBKL dipetik pada 29 Julai 2016

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Berkuatkuasa pada 18 Julai 2016 kadar baru bayaran tempat letak kereta bermeter, petak khas, dan pas bulanan di Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur akan dilaksanakan. Untuk info lanjut sila hubungi talian 03-2617 9120 / 9101.

 

1. Kadar Baru Untuk Tempat Letak Kereta Bermeter

 

 Lokasi Kadar Baru
 Pusat Bandar Kawasan Beraktiviti Sangat Tinggi   Jam Pertama RM2.00/ jam
Jam Kedua RM3.00/ jam
 Luar Pusat Bandar (Beraktiviti Tinggi)  RM1.50 / jam
 Luar Pusat Bandar RM1.00 / jam

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2. Kadar Baru Untuk Petak Khas

 Lokasi Kadar Baru
 Pusat Bandar RM 400.00
 Luar Pusat Bandar (Beraktiviti Tinggi)  RM 240.00
 Luar Pusat Bandar RM 200.00

 

3. Kadar Baru Pas Bulanan

 Lokasi Kadar Baru
 Pusat Bandar Kawasan Beraktiviti Sangat Tinggi  RM 300.00
 Luar Pusat Bandar (Beraktiviti Tinggi)  RM150.00
 Luar Pusat Bandar RM100 

Sumber: Laman Web DBKL dipetik pada 29 Julai 2016

KL parking fee up 150%

Starting today, new charges will be imposed in the city’s commercial business district to help free up space while encouraging the use of public transport and carpooling.

EFFECTIVE today (18 July 2016), parking charges at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) owned parking bays within the central business district (CBD) are increasing by 150%.

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Paying the price for space: Kuala lumpur City Hall is certain than the increase in parkingfees will lead to lesser congestion and double-parking. (Inset) An electronic board displaying the number of parking bays available in commercial buildings

Affected areas are Bukit Bintang, Bukit Damansara, Sri Hartamas, Desa Hartamas, Solaris Mont Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bangsar where 75% to 100% parking spaces are taken up during peak hours.
The hourly parking charges in the CBD has been increased from 80sen an hour to RM2 for the first hour.
The rates have been raised to RM3 for the second hour and RM3 for the subsequent hours.
This means that if you were to park from 7.30 am to 6pm, which is the usual operation hours, you will end up having to pay as much as RM32 a day.
The new parking charges will be enforced in stages from now to Aug 1, which will see an increase of between 100% and 200%, depending on the locality.
Rates will eventually go up by next month in zones outside the city where the parking charges are currently 50sen per hour.
Depending on the zones, motorists will be charged RM1.50 or RM1 per hour, an increase of 100% and 200% respectively. Areas include Brickfields, Taman Maluri, Cheras, Wangsa Maju and Setapak. The percentage of parking occupancy in these areas are between 55% and 75%.

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DBKL owns a total of 46,100 metered parking bays in the city; 22% or 9,914 are located at the CBD area.
There will not be a maximum cap of two hours, as announced earlier by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan, just yet.
For four decades, parking around the city had been out-sourced to a third party.
Last year, DBKL appointed Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP), the welfare arm of The Federal Territories Ministry, to manage the city’s parking system.
YWP introduced a new and advanced parking system called the City Car Park System (CCP).
Under the agreement, YWP would pay DBKL 35% or RM600,000 of the gross revenue from parking every month.
According to Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, the move to increase the parking rates was not profit driven but was the only way to ease traffic congestion in the city and encourage people to carpool.
“We want to free up as many street parking spaces in the city and encourage people to take public transport or carpool to the city.
“I know I am going to be very unpopular, but it has to be done because traffic in Kuala Lumpur is already bursting at the seams,’’ Amin Nordin said.

Over 3.5 million vehicles
The mayor shared data obtained from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to justify his decision for the high parking charges.
“About 50,000 new cars are registered every month in Kuala Lumpur. These figures are from JPJ,” Amin Nordin said.
“Based on a survey carried out by SPAD, 70% of cars coming into the city centre are single-occupant vehicles (SOV).
“The number of vehicles entering the city, every day, is now at a staggering 3.5 million.
“Just imagine out of that 3.5 million, 70% or 2.4 million are SOV.
“We hope the new parking charges can lead to at least a million SOV drivers to consider taking public transport or carpool to work.
“If you remove one million cars from the city, you will get that Hari Raya sort of car-free roads like what we enjoyed last week.
“That means everyone gets to go home to their families, earlier, to spend quality time with their loved ones and have some time to do things they enjoy,’’ he said.
Amin Nordin added that the current traffic situation had made it increasingly difficult to look for parking space in the city.
“We don’t want to see motorists driving in circles, looking for parking. Some drivers are double- and triple-parking on the roads causing a jam and endangering pedestrians while looking for parking.
“People also have the option to park inside commercial buildings as there are now electronic boards showing the number of parking bays available,’’ he said.
On the two-hour maximum limit for parking at DBKL bays, Amin Nordin said it will not be implemented yet as he wanted to give city folk a chance get used to the new parking charges.

Push and pull factors
Amin Nordin said in order to solve Kuala Lumpur’s congestion issues, the push and pull factors must be considered.
“On one hand we have the public transport, additional LRT lines, monorail and feeder buses to train stations which are the pull factors, said Amin Nordin.
“The push factors are higher parking fees and reducing parking bays and possible congestion charges.
“Even for new developments in the city, we are asking developers to reduce parking bays.
“This is happening everywhere in the world, even in developed countries that have first-class transportation facilities such as in London and Melbourne. Even with their excellent system, they also have a limit to parking requirements.
“When it comes to parking charges, we are cheapest in the world; with the exception of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
“The last time we increased parking fees was in 1984. Kuala Lumpur is still the cheapest for parking when compared to other states in Malaysia,’’ he added.
Amin Nordin said this was not the first time DBKL had wanted to increase the parking rates; attempts were made several times to revise the rates in 1997 and in 2001.

Cashless parking system
It is no secret that DBKL is losing money in parking. Previous parking operators did not manage parking well and DBKL had trouble collecting their dues.
Apart from faulty meters and an ageing technology, members of the public also took advantage of the loopholes in the system and did not pay for parking.
Due to the increasing cost to support an outdated parking system that was bleeding away taxpayers monies, it was decided that YWP manage the running of DBKL’S parking.
YWP chief executive officer Datuk Roslan Hassan said the new system, that cost Rm23mil, used a Pay-by-plate system consisting of a carpark software called CALE from Sweden and an enforcement system called Gtechna.
“The system involves real time data transmission whereby all transactions can be observed at the command centre in DBKL,” he said.
He added that parking meters located in the city had already been calibrated in line with the change and now motorists only have to key in their licence plate number and follow simple instructions to pay for their parking fees.
“You can either pay by coins, Touch ‘n Go, or an e-payment method to pay for your parking fee. This can be done via smartphones by downloading the Jomparking app,” he said.
Apart from the convenience offered to motorists, enforcement officers can easily monitor to check and verify through their mobile device.

Source: The Star, 18 July 2016

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Sumber: Laman Web DBKL dipetik pada 18 Julai 2016

Pihak kerajaan mewajibkan pengasingan sisa pepejal isi rumah secara berperingkat mulai 1 SEPTEMBER 2015.

Pelaksanaan ini adalah berdasarkan peraturan di bawah Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 (Akta 672) yang berkuatkuasa di negeri-negeri dan wilayah-wilayah persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis dan Kedah (sumber dari http://www.kpkt.gov.my/separationatsource/)

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