Kiansom resident laments open burning of waste
Published on: Monday, September 09, 2019
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A RESIDENT of Kampung Kiansom, Inanam, complained that a handful of people in the area are still resorting to open burning garden waste during the current dry spell. 

They piled up cut tree branches, dried grasses and leaves at the roadside before burning them without any consideration to the nearby residents, according to DARREN. 

Anyone who engages in open burning or any activity that can affect the air quality risks being compounded up to RM2,000 under Section 29A of the Environment Quality Act 1974.

“I had to cover my nose when I walked past the area because of the thick smoke billowing to all places,” he lamented.

In view of the intensity of the fume from the fire, he said he had no choice but to go elsewhere because his eyes started to get watery. 

“I could still sense the smoke even when all my house windows and doors are properly shut,” he added. 

He said the situation gets worse during a long hot spell as many residents take the opportunity to clear the shrubs in their respective compounds by burning them. 

A Department of Environment (DOE) spokesman said its personnel would be asked to verify the complaint as soon as possible.

“We should maintain the quality of air so that we can minimise the harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide or sulphur dioxide,” he said.  

Failure to pay the compound within a stipulated time, he said, the culprits could face a maximum fine of RM500,000. (OV)



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