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We should be thankful to garbage collectors

Posted by anak wilayah on April 28, 2009

Raja Nong Chik is still new in his current position, Federal Territories Minister and it is mere 2 weeks since the appointment announced by Najib. He visited DBKL to learn about DBKL’s way of work, he visited people who are poor but live within KL area and so on. In one way or the other, the leaders should know what’s going on in their territories, otherwise no work done or no balance in work.

On the other hand, if the workers lack in spirit to do their works, also will affect the performance and it is applicable to all, no exceptional. Here an article I read in TheStar Online, about a worker who takes pride in his work. Well, he is a garbage collector. Don’t underestimate this job. If they don’t exist, I can’t even imgine how we will live. In Japan, the salary for a part-time garbage collector is almost the same amount as the salary an engineer received in Malaysia.

Here is the article.

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Monday April 27, 2009
Garbage collectors take pride in keeping city clean

GARBAGE collector Mat Shah Ali, 49, has been working in the business for 27 years from his days at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). It has been 12 years since he has been with Alam Flora.

His job takes a lot more patience and endurance than expected. This was because the stench from the garbage and dripping leachate could leave a normal person feeling sick for days.

But for the garbage collectors, they don’t feel disgusted or sick. It is their bread and butter. They do it more with pride, as they are the people responsible for keeping our neighbourhood and city always clean.

StarMetro, who followed these men on a round recently, realised that it is tiring to walk from one rubbish bin to another under the blazing sun.

Normal procedure: The garbage truck is weighed before going into the transfer station.

Mat Shah said: “People do not cooperate when it comes to disposal of waste. They never put it a plastic or even in bins.

“But it is my responsibility to carry out this job efficiently even though there are risks.

He said his hand was cut several times due to broken glass thrown in the garbage.

For Latiff Jaafar, 50 the most important element lacking is cooperation among the people pertaining to waste disposal.

He said if everyone worked together, it would make his job a lot easier to collect garbage.

“People like to throw rubbish indiscriminately, which is a bad attitude. But I am proud to have been given the responsibility because I am helping the society,” he said.

“There is still a lack of awareness among people about how to dispose of garbage properly with some piling their rubbish in front of the shops instead of the back,” he said.

When asked if he ever gets nauseated, Latiff who has been in this line for 26 years said the smell never bothered him.

Alam Flora senior manager Dzulkarnain Abu Bakar said the collection started early in the morning with the compactors making two trips to an area. Then the garbage will be disposed of by the Alam Flora at the transfer station in Kepong at about 11am and 3pm.

The transfer station operator will then continue the disposal of garbage to Bukit Tagar in Hulu Selangor. Collection will be done daily seven times a week for commercial areas and three times a week for hosuing estates.

“What happens at the landfill area is that the garbage will be covered with the landfill material. The separation is also done before it goes to the landfill area. Our main objective is about reducing the waste as well as recycling, which will help lengthen the life of the landfill.

“Domestic waste tops as the most garbage disposed followed by plastic.

“Based on our statistics the amount of waste is increasing so it is important to create awareness to reduce it,” he said.

He said there was a possibility a city could be filled with garbage if people continued to dispose of waste the same way.

By FAZLEENA AZIZ
Photos by RAYMOND OOI

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