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Published on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: City Hall may soon stop issuing compounds to litterbugs who will instead be charged in the court here.

Disclosing this, Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said this move is likely to be implemented so as to achieve his vision to make Kota Kinabalu City a clean, green and liveable place by 2020.

"The nation's Vision 2020 is nearing … and to achieve the important vision, I urge the enforcement unit to continue discharging their duties and responsibilities with full commitment and discipline.

"As such I am reminding all city dwellers to be cautious as our inspectors and enforcement personnel will do regular patrols in the city centre to take appropriate action against those found violating the by-laws and regulations under City Hall.

"Most likely no compounds would be issued to the litterbugs anymore as we will charge them in the court with the offence under our existing by-laws. Then, it would be up to the court, whether a compound would be issued or the guilty litterbugs would be ordered to do community service that benefit society during weekends," he said.

Yeo said this to reporters after the opening assembly of the City Hall Enforcement Unit with the Mayor and pinning the Inspector rank and distribution of enforcement badges to 21 enforcement officers at a community hall here on Tuesday.

A total of 21 enforcement officers were promoted to the rank of Inspector and received the badges from Yeo.

Also present were Deputy Director-General (for Management Service Sector) Bahari bin Hassan, Enforcement Department director Assistant Commissioner Abdul Mukti bin Muchlish, and senior officials.

To a question, Yeo said the litterbugs would not be penalised on the spot but their names and addresses would be taken so that they can be charged in court with the offence.

"I am proud to say that Kota Kinabalu City Hall is the first local authority in Malaysia that has implemented the 'Compulsory Attendance Order' on litterbugs found guilty by getting them to perform community service that benefits the society for four hours a day, and it will not be more than three months with the cooperation of the Court and Prisons Department.

"By implementing this, it is hoped that this move would make the public realise and be more responsible to look after the cleanliness and beautiful landscape of the Kota Kinabalu City.

"At the same time, I would like to thank the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum for empowering City Hall efforts in ensuring cleanliness in squatter areas here," he said.

If not for him (Malanjum), Yeo said the Sembulan area would not be as clean as it is now when some of the residents in the area were charged in court last year and were ordered to do community service for four hours over the weekends for a month.

On presence of a flasher in the Kota Kinabalu community hall here that has been spread on the social media, he said he was fully aware of the problem and has informed the City Police Chief ACP M. Chandra.

As a result, he said Chandra has placed two policemen in a security post that has been set up in the area.

Yeo commended Chandra for swiftly responding to public needs and for rendering full cooperation to City Hall in combating social problems and crimes here.

Earlier, Yeo said City Hall through the Enforcement Department had reflected an excellent and quality work performance throughout 2016.

"Among the excellent records was when all 839 public complaints channelled to the Enforcement Department were solved 100 per cent while more than RM3.8 million in compounds were collected compared to RM4.1 million in 2015.

"A slight drop in the collection was because the enforcement gave more focus on prosecuting cases in the court in 2016 inolving a total of 2,221 offenders for illegal parking here compared to 1,114 offenders in 2015," he said.

In line with City Hall's cleanliness and enforcement strategies that have been outlined to ensure the city is clean, Yeo said of 188 investigation papers that had been opened last year, 161 offenders had been charged in court under the Anti-Litter By Law.

Last year, he said more illegal structures were also demolished, involving 804 structures compared to 354 structures in 2015.

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