PKR: Solid waste management allegations untrue

Written by Lam Jian Wyn, The Edge  

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) denied claims that the Selangor state government has prerogative over 70% of the solid waste management forms, as alleged by Petaling Jaya city councillor A Thiruvengaddam.

"Individuals, including members and leaders of Pakatan Rakyat parties would be recommending companies to Alam Flora. We absolutely see no harm in that," said PKR vice-president R Sivarasa.

The previous state administration had already signed a number of contracts with specified values, and these contracts will only expire in a year or two, according to the Subang Jaya parliamentarian.

"The decision-making at the end of the day lies in Alam Flora’s hands," Sivarasa added.

These residents, party members and leaders usually submit names of companies which they feel are fit for the job of keeping the residential areas clean, said Petaling Jaya councillor Lateefah Koya.

"Companies either apply directly to Alam Flora or submit their applications to the state assemblypersons who then forward it to Alam Flora," she added.

"This misrepresentation probably arose from the distribution of state assembly seats between the PR parties," she said, as the recommendations are collected from the state assemblypersons before being submitted to Alam Flora for consideration.

They also denied that the companies they recommend are related to PR and that the parties receive any money from recommending these companies.

"If there is anyone to stand from profiting, it’s the companies who get the contracts," Lateefah said.