Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Solid Waste Management In Perak - Ipoh Echo

Jul 1, 2015


Ipoh was declared a city on May 27, 1988 with the Ipoh City Council or Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI) headed by a ‘Datuk Bandar’ or mayor administering an area size of 643 sq km and a population of about 720,000 people. It is divided into 23 zones each headed by an appointed councillor and assisted by two officers from MBI, who are normally residents of the zones. With the slogan ‘Ipoh Bersih Hijau dan Membangun’ it strives to make Ipoh a liveable city.
In April 2014, Ipoh was ranked by the US News as one of the nine best places to retire in the world. It declared Ipoh as the world’s third most affordable city after Vietnam and Thailand.
However, many Ipohites are also unhappy with the services rendered by MBI, especially those related to garbage, uncut grass and unclean drains. Residents fear the spread of dengue, as a result. Many have voiced their complaints through MBI’s hotline and Whatsapp while some brought their predicament to their respective councillors and the media.
Mayor Dato’ Harun Rawi recently announced that Ipoh City Council had received 6310 complaints from the public on various issues for the first quarter of this year. Of this 1263 complaints were on illegal dumpsites, farm wastes and dirty drains. The mayor too announced that 5179 or 82.4% of the complaints had been acted upon. On behalf of Ipoh City Watch, I wish to congratulate the mayor and MBI for having achieved their Key Performance Indicator (KPI) of minimum 80% set.
However, we are not sure if the 1629 illegal dumpsites identified at end 2014 have been reduced. This is not to say MBI has not taken action. Some of the problems lie with the perpetrators. MBI should also look into its KPI for enforcement to ensure that the perpetrators are caught and punished to deter others from doing the same.
Having a fixed schedule for garbage collection will help reduce the illegal dumpsites. The Council should also provide garbage bins to residents or enforce a ruling to have residents and business premises to provide their own. Rating by MBI and the health department on eateries should consider garbage disposal and separation of solid waste as criteria.
According to Solid Waste Corporation, each resident generates about 0.7kg solid waste per day. Thus the amount of solid waste generated by the 720,000 Ipohites is about 504,000kg. Based on the recycle rate of about 10%, about 453,600kg x 30 or 13,608 tonnes of solid waste produced each month will end up at illegal dumpsites or the only landfill in Ulu Johan.
Managing the disposal of solid waste by MBI is no easy task, as it involves technical, financial, institutional, economic and social constraints. Thus it is not surprising to see that the number illegal dumpsites will continue to rise until and unless the solid waste is managed properly and people start to change their perception on garbage separation and recycling.
Privatisation of solid waste looks imminent in Perak, one of the two states in the Northern region besides Penang, which has not accepted the terms and conditions stipulated in the agreement to have E-Idaman, the concession company appointed to manage solid waste in Perak. The concessionaire will be monitored by Perak SWCorp pursuant to the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) which was gazetted on August 30, 2007 and enforced on September 1, 2011.
Under the agreement, E-Idaman will take over the solid waste management responsibility from all 15 local councils in Perak. It includes the collection and disposal of garbage, grass cutting, cleaning of drains and providing garbage bins to all residents.

As President of Ipoh City Watch, I am urging the state government to hasten the negotiation process so that Ipohites and Perakeans can enjoy a cleaner and efficient disposal of solid waste.
I visited Langkawi two months ago to see how E-Idaman keeps the island clean. It was so different. I could hardly find any illegal dumpsites. Garbage bins were seen almost every 50m in the town centre. Local councils in Perak can continue playing other roles more effectively developing each area, reduce crime, improve transportation and business opportunity and increase employment rate. These are variables that make Melbourne the most liveable city in the world and Ipoh can achieve that status too in years to come.
Ipoh City Watch is developing a community recycling model involving 250 houses in Jelapang Tambahan with the cooperation of Rukun Tetangga Jelapang and assisted by Perak SWCorp. The project, which began in April, has produced very encouraging results. Some 1376kg or 12.3% garbage has been salvaged from landfill and illegal dumpsites within a period of nine weeks. The success of this model will be shared with other communities so that by 2020 we can help recycle at least 22% of the garbage nationwide.
Dr Richard Ng

Recycling Programme In Jelapang - Ipoh Echo

Jul 1 2015 - By Nantini Krishnan


Ipoh City Watch, Rukun Tetangga Jelapang and the Perak Solid Waste Management and Public Cleanliness Corporation (SWCorp), jointly organised a composting cum recycling programme recently at Jelapang Tambahan, Ipoh.
The programme was aimed at teaching residents, ways to turn organic waste into fertiliser and to salvage recyclables from garbage. The ultimate aim is to create a caring society that keeps the environment clean through garbage separation and recycling.

The programme was in line with ICW’s vision of making Ipoh the most liveable city in Malaysia. President of ICW, Professor Dr Richard Ng, together with its members, used the three “E” approach namely, Engage, Explain and Educate to help turn Ipoh City into a clean city once more.

The home-waste composting project was to encourage residents to convert their leftover food, either during preparation or after eating, into compost that can be used as fertiliser for their gardens. Besides composting residents were also taught to separate their garbage so they can be reused.
The objective, according to Victor Chew, Secretary of ICW, was to encourage residents to keep their environment clean and safe.
“Members are recruited from the local community and would be given training to conduct activities related to the issue,” said Victor.
The recycling programme in Jelapang Tambahan involved 250 houses. It had successfully recovered 1670.8kg of recyclables, which included plastic (236kg), metal (782.8kg) and paper (652kg). A total of 1670.8kg of solid waste was salvaged from the village dumpsite.

Ipoh Miliki 1 Bilion Tan Sampah Menjelang 2020 - Perak News

24 Jun 2015

Bayangkan bandaraya Ipoh yang "dihiasi" lebih daripada 1 billion tan longgokan sampah sarap menjelang tahun 2020.
Mungkin mengejutkan bagi sesetengah pihak namun inilah situasi yang akan terjadi di bandaraya warisan ini sekiranya masyarakat masih leka terhadap pengurusan pelupusan sampah yang efisien.
Pengerusi Ipoh City Watch, Prof Madya Dr Richard Ng berkata, jika dibiarkan berlarutan maka hasrat murni untuk melihat Ipoh sebagai bandaraya pilihan untuk didiami akan terbantut berikutan kesedaran sivik masyarakat masih berada di tahap yang rendah.

"Setakat ini, ini rekod hasil kerjasama bersama SWCorp menunjukkan sekitar 1,629 lokasi longgokan sampah haram telah dikenalpasti di sekitar Ipoh dan masalahnya sisa-sisa serta bahan buangan harian dari setiap pelusuk rumah akan dihantar ke satu-satunya tapak pelupusan sampah di Ulu Papan," katanya kepada PerakNews.
Beliau ditemui selepas mengetuai Program Kitar Semula Komuniti Jelapang Tambahan yang dianjurkan bersama SWCorp dan Rukun Tetangga Jelapang baru-baru ini.
Menurutnya, secara purata seramai 750,000 orang masing-masing akan menghasilkan purata sekitar 0.7 kg sampah setiap hari, justeru membawa kepada jumlah sebanyak 15,750 tan sampah terkumpul pada setiap bulan di Ipoh.
Kitar Semula Penyelesaian Terbaik Dalam Pelupusan Sampah
Menurut Richard, langkah terbaik dalam menangani masalah longgokan sampah haram dan memastikan tahap kualiti kebersihan bandaraya Ipoh sentiasa terjamin adalah dengan perlaksanaan kitar semula.

Justeru, ICW telah mengambil inisiatif untuk melancarkan program kitar semula dengan melibatkan 250 buah rumah di sekitar kawasan Jelapang agar mereka menjadi contoh kepada masyarakat setempat yang lain.
Berpegang kepada prinsip " Komuniti Kami, Tanggungjawab Kami' Ipoh City Watch komited dalam menjadikan Ipoh sebagai lokasi yang bersih daripada pencemaran sampah sarap dan keadaan persekitaran yang kotor.
Menurutnya, program tersebut telah dilancarkan oleh Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Datuk Rusnah Kasim pada 4 April lepas dan mendapat sokongan penuh daripada kerajaan negeri dalam meningkatkan kesedaran sivik di kalangan komuniti.
Richard berkata sejak pelancaran program tersebut pada April lepas pihaknya telah berjaya mengumpulkan sebanyak 1,376 kg bahan kitar semula yang terdiri daripada plastik, besi dan kertas.
Ini juga bermakna bahawa kadar kitar semula melalui program yang dijalankan setiap 2 minggu sekali itu telah mencapai 13 peratus berbanding kadar kitar semula kebangsaan sebanyak 10 peratus.
"ICW akan melaksanakan intervensi tambahan seperti memberikan advokasi sivik dari rumah ke rumah, melaksanakan seminar kesedaran mengenai faedah kitar semula, pengasingan sampah mengikut kategori, menubuhkan Briged Belia di dalam komuniti untuk membantu kelancaran program serta mengadakan pertandingan di antara setiap kawasan dan yang terakhir mendidik komuniti mengenai cara pengkomposan bahan makanan," katanya lagi.
Faedah Pengkomposan Sisa Makanan dan Pelupusan Organik
Menurutnya, masyarakat di sekitar Jelapang telah dibimbing mengenai cara pengkomposan sisa organik yang menyumbang kepada 47 peratus daripada sampah sarap dan menjadikannya sebagai baja kepada tanaman sayuran di sekitar kediaman.

"Program tersebut telah dibimbing oleh pakar daripada pihak SWCorp yang berkongsi mengenai penyatuan enzim gula dan garam dan dicampur dengan tanah hitam sebagai ejen kompos manakala Eddie Chew pula telah menyediakan enzim tersedia dan mengaplikasikan enzim ke atas sisa organic tanpa penggunaan tanah.

"Seorang pakar organic, Mr Martin Wallen dari Australia pula mendidik mereka untuk menanam sayur dengan menggunakan sisa organic yang terkumpul di dalam bekas,"katanya lagi.
Dr Richard berkata, sebanyak 40 hingga 50 peratus akan dapat dikitar semula dan tidak dihantar ke tapak pelupusan sampah menjelang tahun 2020 sekiranya langkah awal diambil segera.
"Terlalu banyak longgokan sampah haram di sekitar bandaraya Ipoh tersayang justeru prinsip ' Reduce,Reuse dan Recycle' harus diaplikasikan segera jika kita masih berniat untuk memberikan bumi hijau bagi generasi masa depan," ujarnya.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Public bus deal set for go-ahead - The Malaysian Insider

23 June 2015


A public bus service provider and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) are set to formally agree on a deal to improve public transport in and around Ipoh, according to Perak Public Transport Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
“The bus service provider will prepare a timetable and route lists within a month,” he said to The Star Online, adding that there would be 16 routes.
However, he also said that there were requirements that the service provider need to meet before the state would ink the agreement, which falls under the umbrella of the Federal Government’s Stage Bus Service Transformation (SBST) programme.
Dr Mah said that the programme also gave authorities the right to set the operating costs of the service provider, which in practice meant that revenue would go to SPAD and the commission would then allocate funds to the provider accordingly, based on distance covered.
“The operator will be paid a rate for every kilometre covered by each bus,” Dr Mah added.
“We know that we cannot continue to serve some areas. It’s not profitable.
Dr Mah also mentioned that manpower and training was an issue that they would have to face.
“The state is aware of these matters and will strive to improve the public transportation system,” he said, adding that the operator would primarily be judged by the state on the quality of its service.


Longgokan Sampah Sampai Bila? - PerakNews.Com

6 Jun 2015


Sejak empat tahun lalu, hampir saban hari Nancy Joseph, 64, dan keluarganya, di Taman Pertama, Ipoh, terpaksa menghidu bau busuk yang menusuk hidung, yang datangnya dari longgokan sampah haram berhampiran rumah mereka.
Tikus, lalat dan nyamuk seolah-olah menjadi rakan sepermainannya sehingga dia dan keluarga sepakat membina pagar konkrit bagi menjauhi binatang dan serangga berbahaya itu, yang sering berkeliaran berhampiran rumahnya.
"Sofa lama dan pokok pisang turut dilonggokkan, tetapi yang paling memualkan ialah sampah-sampah basah seperti lebihan makanan turut dibuang di sini, baunya jangan ceritalah," itulah keluhan warga emas ini, yang sepatutnya menghidu udara nyaman dan segar sambil berehat di rumahnya.
Pengalaman Nancy mungkin turut dirasai ramai lagi warga bandaraya Ipoh, lebih-lebih lagi mereka yang tinggal berhampiran tapak longgokkan sampah haram.
Malah apa yang dialami keluarga Nancy mungkin turut dirasaikan oleh keluarga lain di seluruh Perak atau mungkin Malaysia, selagi terdapat manusia yang kurang bertanggungjawab, tiada kesedaran sivik dan mahu ambil mudah, tanpa memikirkan keselesaan orang lain.
Di kawasan pentadbiran Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (MBI), pernah suatu ketika bilangan tapak sampah haram melebih 2,000 tetai kini semakin berkurangan hasil kerja kuat serta kerjasama masyarakat setempat yang bertanggungjawab.
Apakah MBI atau pihak berkuasa tempatan lain tidak menjalankan tanggungjawab mereka? Pengalaman Nancy mungkin boleh menceritakan segala-galanya.
"Di taman saya ini, kakitangan MBI akan kutip sampah sebanyak tiga kali seminggu, dulu hari Isnin, Rabu dan Jumaat tetapi sekarang hari Selasa, Khamis dan Jumaat.
"Mereka juga akan membersihkan kawasan longgokan sampah haram di sebelah rumah saya, tapi, selepas setengah jam pihak MBI bersihkan, sudah ada orang buang sampah semula, sambil lalu, mereka campakkan sampah," cerita Nancy.
Berdasarkan cerita itu, bukanlah pihak berkuasa tempatan seperti MBI tidak menjalankan tugas, cuma sikap kurang bertanggungjawab dan kurang kesedaran sivik menjadi punca di kalangan warga tempatan.
Ahli Majlis MBI, M Veeran yang ditemui ketika program gotong royong perdana di Taman Pertama baru-baru ini mengakui bahawa pihaknya telah melaksanakan pelbagai program untuk membersihkan kawasan longgokan sampah.
Beliau memberi contoh, di kawasan Zon Buntong sahaja, kira-kira 50 tapak sampah haram dibersihkan tetapi ia tetap berulang-ulang walaupun pihak MBI meletakkan papan tanda larangan membuang sampah di tapak berkenaan.
Sebagai antara Ahli Majlis MBI yang paling aktif kerana kerap menganjurkan pelbagai program kemasyaratan di kawasan jagaannya, Veeran mahu melihat sekurang-kurangnya Zon Buntong menjadi contoh kepada zon-zon lain.
Sehubungan itu, beliau merayu penduduk taman-taman perumahan supaya mengubah sikap untuk bersama-sama menjaga kebersihan kawasan tempat tinggal mereka sendiri, untuk kebaikan mereka dan keluarga sendiri juga.
"Saya cabar warga bandaraya Ipoh, kita mensasarkan negara maju pada tahun 2020, cuma lima tahun lagi daripada sekarang, apakah hanya negara sahaja maju tetapi mentaliti kita masih ketinggalan 20 atau 30 tahun ke belakang," tegasnya.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Here comes the bride, all dressed in toilet paper - The Star

June 19, 2015


NEW YORK: The wedding dresses have it all - long trains, full layered skirts, floral appliqu├ęs, ruffles and sparkling bodices.
Their detailing is the kind you see on designer gowns made of silk and lace. But they're not. They're all made out of toilet paper.

The gowns were showcased at the finale of the annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest in New York, United States on Wednesday.
Ten designers vying for a US$10,000 (RM37,460) prize painstakingly putting them together from the most basic materials.




The rules were simple, contest co-creator Laura Gawne told Reuters. "They have to use Charmin toilet paper, any kind of tape, any kind of glue and they can use needle and thread," she said.
"No closures, no Velcro, nothing. No attachment of fabric, nothing," said her co-creator, Susan Bain.
The sisters Bain and Gawne began the competition to promote their wedding site. The contest, now in its 11th edition, is held in conjunction with toilet paper brand Charmin.
This year, it was held at bridal store Kleinfeld, which will turn the winning dress into a ready-to-wear gown.
Before the show began, designers applied the final touches as models held onto toilet rolls needed for the add-ons.
"We have 4,585 petals that were all hand-cut and traced," Carol Touchstone, who came in third place, said of her floral dress. "We used tape, glue and Charmin."
The winner was a tuxedo-style halterneck dress with a removable jacket, accessorized with a top hat and bow tie, by Donna Pope Vincler. She said it took her about three months, 22 rolls and lots of tape and glue to make.
"It's amazing how strong glue and toilet paper can be. After I made it I was hitting on it like a drum ... it's very sturdy," she said. "I don't even know how many layers (there are)- I just did it until I thought it would stay together." - Reuters

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Group: Public and the police can do more to reduce crime - The Star Metro Perak

Jun 16, 2015

IPOH is still a relatively safe city to live in.
Those interviewed by MetroPerak said that despite this, there was still room for improvement as both the people and the police could do more to lower the crime rate.
Most also feel that the presence of policemen or patrolling vehicles have reduced and it should be increased again while the people should be more vigilant to protect themselves against criminals.
Former school principal Victor Chew said he has come across and read many articles about crime in the newspapers but still felt that Ipoh was a safe place.
“Police statistics do not always tell the truth. There are many cases that have not been reported.
“I too have personally witnessed crime occurring,” said the 69-year-old Chew.
“These are however, not enough to make me panic. I still feel safe in Ipoh,” he said.
Chew said there should be more police presence in housing areas.
“Their presence is lacking. I do not see patrol cars passing by very often these days.
“They are mostly seen parked by the roadside rather than out patrolling,” he said.
“However, I do feel that their response has improved but there’s still room for improvement,” he added.
Chew also hoped that people would stand up for others who are in need of help.
“We need to watch out for others when in public places or in our neighbourhood.
“Many people have the ‘tidak apa’ attitude when crime occurs. They are also afraid to help or become a witness,” he said.
“This is something we should all think about. This apathetic attitude would only spur criminals to continue committing crime,” he added.
It has been reported that the crime rate in the city has dropped.
According to Ipoh OCPD Assistant Commissioner Sum Chang Keong, there was a 17.9% drop in crime cases between January and May this year compared to the same period last year.
There were 968 cases in the first five months this year compared to 1,179 cases within the same period last year.

Marketing communications manager Joey Loh said she felt that Ipoh was safer when compared to bigger cities like Kuala Lumpur.
“I believe that it’s just a perception that Ipoh is not safe.
“Yes, several of my friends and family members have had experienced house break-ins, car window being smashed and witnessed some snatch theft incidents,” said the 31-year-old
“However, I think these incidents could be summed up as unfortunate events,” she said.
“There can never be zero crime in any town or country and we should protect ourselves and take some safety precautions,” she added.
Loh said there were measures people could take to prevent getting robbed.
“Try being more observant about your surroundings, spot whether you are being followed and never leave personal belongings exposed in the car,” she said.
“Unless you have a bodyguard protecting you 24-hours daily, reduce the risks by avoiding walking alone in dark areas or alleys,” she added.
Loh also called for more security presence at housing or commercial areas.
“Have policemen or other security personnel like Rela patrol these areas during odd hours or in the early morning near residential areas or parks.
“At commercial areas, there are several police booths in the city. I hope they can be utilised fully,” she said.
Lim Garden Residents’ Committee secretary K. Sagadevan also said the police should not ease up on their patrolling duties.
“There have been less uniformed police personnel moving about on the streets.
“Perhaps they are patrolling the streets in plain clothes. I can only assume so,” the 69-year-old said.
“It would be wise to have more uniformed policemen on the streets to better control crime incidences,” he added.
Sagadevan said he understood that the police were short-handed and were doing their best to keep everyone safe.
“The Federal Government should really look into this matter,” he said.
He also said that the people should play their part in keeping a lookout for crime in their respective housing areas.
“Some areas have 24-hour security to safeguard the place. This has worked well in fighting and controlling crime rate.
“Residents must also contribute and be responsible,” he said.
“We at Lim Garden are coming up with a “Neighbourhood Crime Watch” project to ensure the safety of the neighbourhood,” he said, adding that the project would involve its Rukun Tetangga and Residents’ Committee and the WIRA (Warrior) Association Malaysia.
Ipoh City Watch president Dr Richard Ng said he agreed that the crime rate has gone down gradually since the implementation of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) in 2009.
“However, in terms of perception of the public, the statistics may not reflect the real situation.
“This is because many are sceptical about the reports made by victims as they claimed that the reports have been modified to show improvements,” he said.
“Some crimes also went viral on social media, sometimes without checking the truth about a particular case,” he added.
Dr Ng said that many police cases that have been solved were not highlighted to the public.
“I learnt that the state police made the highest arrest of drug related cases in Malaysia.
“More than half of crime such as snatch theft and house break-ins were caused by drug addicts, and the high number of arrests in drug related cases has resulted in a reduction in the crime rate,” he said, adding that Perak has the third lowest crime rate in Malaysia.
“To overcome such negative perception, the police have to step up efforts to engage with the public, especially among the Chinese community,” he added.
Dr Ng said police presence was important to prevent crime.
“There are areas which have seen high crime rate in Ipoh such as Bercham and Buntong.
“These are densely populated areas but have insufficient number of police.
“Increasing police patrol in these areas will help prevent any untoward occurrences,” he said.
“The public too must play an important role through the Residents Associations or NGOs by being the eyes and ears of the police and report any suspicious characters,” he said, adding that the police should improve their engagement with the public to dispel any negative perception.
Dr Ng also said the people must lodge a report whenever some crime takes place or if they witness any such cases.
“They should not have a negative perception that the police are incompetent in solving a crime.
“It is with reports that the police can follow up with actions,” he said.