With Kuala Lumpur being the hosting city of the coming South East Asian (SEA) Games, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz highlighted to local media his commitment to make the Malaysian metropolis cleaner, more environment-friendly and more beautiful.
The city is now preparing for the upcoming SEA Games 2017 in August and launched a beautification program. The work will include painting kerbs along main roads, constructing new railings, installing lighting and organizing a landscaping program in selected areas such as Bukit Bintang, Jalan Raja Abdullah and Jalan Raja Laut.
Kuala Lumpur has a reputation to be a rather filthy city with trash littering many streets, including in the CBD and tourist areas. KL Mayor wants now to act:
“Of late, news of dirty restaurants is becoming shameful. It is not just the outlets, but the filthy drains outside their premises. We are not going to tolerate it. Enforcement will continue and operators who fail to install grease traps will face action,” he declared to local newspapers, adding that KL City Hall would take over maintenance for all the grease traps and charge business owners for the service.
The fee will be set according to the food outlet’s grease trap usage and, for a restaurant, would amount to about RM1,500 (US$350) a year, which would be linked to the premises licence fee. “Now, when restaurant owners renew their licences, they will have to pay the grease trap maintenance fee as well. Failure to do so will result in the businesses becoming illegal and we will shut it down,” he said.
According to experts, municipal solid waste (MSW) over the past 10 years has increased by 95 per cent due to rapid development in malaysia’s urban areas. The urban population currently contributes to more than 70 per cent of the total waste generated.
Another area for action to make Kuala Lumpur greener and cleaner is a totalban on polystyrene which will become compulsory from September 1st.
“It will be compulsory from Sept 1 onwards. There will not be any second chances after that. Hawkers and traders were already given time to start using biodegradable packaging last year, so there are no more excuses”, explained KL Mayor.