Losing sleep over Kepong incinerator

AS a resident of Bandar Manjalara in Kepong, I am deeply upset about the lack of information residents are receiving about the new incinerator.

I read news reports of two companies being finalised for the job, but all the concerns about the environment seem to be not answered. I urge the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to answer these questions before they award the contract.

Burning garbage releases pollutants some of which will be toxic. One fourth of what is left behind will be toxic ash and there is the problem of disposing it.

Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming has pointed out that smaller incinerators in Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Langkawi and Cameron Highlands have failed.

The residents and concerned citizens need more information.

The effects from pollutants will only be seen many years later when my children are older.

This is very worrying, and I am not the only concerned parent in Kepong.

I don't even know how far the fumes from the incinerator to be located at Taman Metropolitan will be blown.

What are the full costs of the project to our health? DBKL and the ministry must clearly explain matters to residents.

The authorities should not approve any contract until the people are all right with the incinerator, and the technology is proven not to hurt people.

Residents want the relevant leaders to give this more thought and not just start burning garbage at our doorsteps.

I urge the experts in relevant fields to speak on this issue and help the residents understand it better.

Loganathan Batumalai
Kuala Lumpur