Open Burning in Klang
One of our residents have complained on the Open Burning and it has appeared in the Press - The Malay Mail.
The Malay Mail – Wednesday, 27 May,2009, Hotline section.
LIM wonders why the Klang Municipal Council is not acting against rampant open burning in the area, especially during the current dry season. "I hope that something can be done to stop the rampant open burning in the south of Klang, in particular around or in the vicinity of Kg Johan Setia, Kg Jawa and Kg Kebun areas."
Due to the open burning, he says several areas that are heavily polluted by smog include Bandar Puteri, Bukit Rimau, Kota Kemuning, Bandar Botanic, Bandar Bukit Tinggi and Taman Sentosa.
"Numerous complaints have been made with the Department of Environment, the Klang council, the Selangor State government and Fire and Rescue Department. But the situation remains the same. "We claim that Selangor is a developed State. We blame Indonesia for the yearly haze. But it seems that the haze is clearly from our own south of Klang!"
He hopes the authorities can act soon to address the problem. "As a resident in BandarBotanic, it is possible the lives of my family members may have been cut short by a considerable number of years because we have no choice but to inhale smoke, day and night. My only hope is that somehow the entire Kg Johan Setia area can be redeveloped into a clean and green environment.”
A KLANG Municipal Council spokesman says - the council's staff had acted upon receiving complaints of open burning in the areas stated. “We rushed to the areas where there were open burning activities and found that the fire had spread to dry bushes in the area as well.”The spokesman adds that the Fire and Rescue Department was alerted to the situation and the fire was put out soon after to prevent it from spreading. He urged the public to contact the council directly or the Fire and Rescue Department on fires spotted or any open burning being conducted.