KUALA LUMPUR - The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry will take action against contractors who dumped rubbish on the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) on Saturday.
Its minister, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, said the ministry viewed the issue seriously and would investigate the matter.
"Not only did they violate the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672), their actions also caused traffic congestion at the MRR2 and has tarnished the city's image.
"The ministry, together with the National Solid Waste Management Department, Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation and City Hall, had taken immediate action by deploying Alam Flora Sdn Bhd to do the cleaning work.
"It was carried out by 30 Alam Flora workers as early as 9am, using three shovels, two backhoes, six open tipper trucks and two excavators," he said in a statement yesterday.
He said all rubbish would be transported to the Bukit Tagar landfill, as the Taman Beringin waste transfer station operator had failed to carry out its appointed tasks.
It was reported that more than 150 tonnes of rubbish were dumped by contractors a few hundred meters away from the transfer station.
The dumping took place between Friday night and the wee hours of Saturday as compactor drivers transporting the collected garbage found the transfer station's gates locked and unmanned.
As a result, traffic crawled along highways and roads near Batu Caves, MRR2, Jalan Duta, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Kepong and Jalan Ipoh.
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the owner of the transfer station operating company had died, leaving his son, who did not have the relevant expertise, at the helm of the company.