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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13, 2016:

Areas affected by the bauxite activities in Kuantan, Pahang, will be cleaned up from tomorrow.

This came after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak directed the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry to do so following the Cabinet meeting today.

Its minister, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, said that the Prime Minister had expressed concern over the complaints and woes expressed by the affected people in the area.

In a statement, Abdul Rahman said that Najib wanted the local authorities, Fire and Rescue Department and Alam Flora Sdn Bhd to accelerate the cleaning works to ensure that the affected areas were as clean as they used to be.

“The cleaning works will commence from tomorrow, Jan 14, involving 21 firefighters from four fire stations and well as seven high-powered vehicles (four fire rescue tenders and three water tankers).

“These vehicles will be involved in cleaning works for signboards, signage, lamp posts and road surface at affected areas.

“These areas are like Jalan Kuantan-Pelabuhan, Jalan Bukit Goh, Jalan Bukit Kuantan, Jalan Sungai Lembing, Jalan Kuantan Bypass, Jalan Gebeng Bypass, Jalan Jerangau Jabor dan Jalan Bukit Sagu-Cherul.”

The Kota Belud MP also said that the solid waste management privatised contractor. Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, would also step in using 14 vehicles, including a road sweeper, open tipper, catch basin vacall as well as 40 staff.

He said that the cleaning works would be completed in a month’s time from tomorrow.

“Other agencies will also be involved to accelerate the cleaning works.”

Uncontrolled bauxite mining in Bukit Goh, Gebeng and Kuantan Port from the middle of 2014 has resulted in the nearby residents having to put up with water and environmental pollution that has turned rivers, beaches and the sea red.

This prompted the Cabinet to suspend the bauxite mining activities temporarily due to serious environmental issues.

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