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Jalan Gombak illegal garbage dumps being cleared

Pictures of JKR clearing the illegal landfills polluting the road leading to Hulu Gombak forest reserve.

Pictures of JKR clearing the illegal landfills polluting the road leading to Hulu Gombak forest reserve.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – April 14, 2017: The authorities have started to clean up the illegal garbage dumping sites off Jalan Gombak that are full of domestic wastes.

The main areas affected between the 12th and 13th miles are on the hillsides and workers from the Public Works Department have also found traces of burning.

A spokesperson of Selayang City Council said Public Works Department (PWD) workers have so far removed garbage which littered  the sides of a stretch between Mile 12 and 13 of the road.

Yesterday, news portal Malaysian Digest reported that there were eight illegal landfills off the road which cuts through the Hulu Gombak forest reserve.

Aside from being dumped into the reserve forest, the huge piles of foul-smelling rotten domestic wastes have also tainted a nearby stream used as a water source by Orang Asli settlements.

According to the portal, the landfills have also become a massive breeding ground for flies and maggots.

It reported that the Orang Asli community was disappointed with the state government’s lack of action to solve the problem.

The Mole understands that the PWD will initiate late-night stakeouts next week in the hope of identifying those responsible.

Attempts to get comments from Gombak Setia assemblyman Hasbullah Mohd. Ridzwan were not successful.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.