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DBKK collects over RM6,000 from litterbugs, wrongdoers
Published on: Thursday, December 28, 2023
By: Sidney Skinner
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DBKK collects over RM6,000 from litterbugs, wrongdoers
SWMD personnel having a word with this litter-bug at Likas Plaza.
A TOTAL of RM6,240 has been accrued, so far, during City Hall’s “Ops Bersih (Cleanliness Operations)” carried out at various commercial centres and towns around the State Capital during the last quarter of this year.

A spokesman for the agency’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) said the sum was collected from the 309 litterbugs who were compounded under its Anti-Litter ByLaws 1984 (Amendment 2005).

“These individuals paid their compounds on-the-spot during the 90 inspections performed between Oct 3 and Dec 25,” he said.

About RM540 was received from 27 wrongdoers during the nine checks in October, RM2,440 from some 118 during the 30 checks in November and RM3,260 from 164 others during the 51 inspections conducted this month, according to him.

He said a further 76 litterbugs chose to settle their compounds within the grace-period allowed for such penalties.

The SWMD team keep an eye on this smoker at the Market Place 88 area in Kepayan Ridge.

“A bulk of the errant individuals were smokers who were caught flicking their cigarette butts into their surroundings instead of using the bins nearby.

“The remainder were found to have haphazardly disposed of garbage in the common area or were shop-operators who were not keeping the public spaces near their units clean.”

The spokesman said four SWMD officers in plain clothes went around shophouses and commercial centres within City Hall’s rating-area over the three- month period.

“Unlike previous ‘Ops Bersih’ this year, our team did not only focus on the City centre. 

“Inspections were also carried out in places like Market Place 88 in the Kepayan Ridge area, Grace Square in Sembulan, the Bornion shophouses in Luyang, Manggatal Plaza and the Salut Commercial Centre in the Sepanggar Bay area.

“Our staff also walked around the Telipok, Sembulan and Manggatal townships.”

He said the highest number of wrongdoers was nabbed in the public area around the Centre Point Shopping Centre, followed by the shophouses in Bandaran Berjaya and Foh Sang.

“Many litter-bugs were also caught in the act around Kg Air, as well as Inanam Point and Taipan commercial property in the same town.”

The spokesman said a compound of up to RM500 could be imposed against anyone found to be contravening City Hall’s Anti-Litter Bylaws.

He said those who repeatedly disregarded the agency’s calls to refrain from littering in the common areas could wind up having legal action taken against them.

“They will become liable to a fine for as much as RM 10,000, if they are found guilty in court.”

He said the agency had been cracking down on littering violations in a bid to get the public to take a more active role in keeping the State Capital clean.

“It is not just up to our garbage collectors and street-sweepers to keep the commercial properties around our rating-area looking presentable and pleasing to the eye, especially to the many first time visitors from abroad.

“It is the collective responsibility of everyone who lives, works and frequents these locales.”

With this in mind, he said, the “Ops Bersih” team had been asked to step up their surveillance of Kota Kinabalu and the outlying areas under the agency’s jurisdiction.

“On top of enforcing our Anti-Litter By-Laws, the team members have also been tasked with ensuring that business operators and shop owners comply with our Hygiene and Conservancy By-Laws.

A motorist is taken to task for flicking his cigarette butt out of his car window near the shops in the Kingfisher area.

“SWMD staff have been speaking to commercial ratepayers, where necessary, about what they can do to keep the public areas, including the five-foot ways, around their premises clean.”

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