Gugusan Manjoi which is said to be the largest Malay settlement in the country with more than 4,500 houses and five ponds is now a favourite dumping spot for fly tippers.
Four out of its five ex-mining ponds have become the site for fly tipping and villagers claim it’s the work of people who are not local to that area.
Villager Zaidi Ramli, 47, said the problem has been around since 2010 with lorries making morning and evening trips to fly tip into the once scenic ponds which have become polluted and an eyesore.
“The lorries would make their trips at around 10am in the mornings and late evenings and though I used to stop them from unloading the rubbish on several occasions but was told that some of the villagers gave them permissions to do so,” he said, adding that the lorry drivers never were able to say who gave the permission and they always ignored him and carried on dumping waste into the lakes.
Gugusan Manjoi Integration Association president said he filed several complaints to the village head about two of the disused ponds in Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan (2) which were critically polluted by the illegal dumping.
Ironically, the village head’s house is located opposite of the pond, yet there were no actions taken against the culprits.
During a visit by Suara Perak, two three-ton lorries and four workers were seen tipping construction rubbish at one of the disused ponds at Jalan Bangau in Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan (2).
Zaidi said he also met Manjoi assemblyman Mohamad Ziad Mohamed Zainal Abidin to discuss the best possible way to resolve the problem.
When contacted, Ziad said that he is aware of the situation and has instructed the Land District enforcement officers to monitor the areas.
“It is impossible for Land District to send their officers and staff to standby at the location all the time,” he said adding that whenever the officers do their rounds, the culprits never showed up.
“We appreciate the information received from the villagers as we could plan on how to tackle this problem,” he said.
Zaidi also said that another two ponds are used by the locals to fish.
“The ponds at Jalan Cenderawasih 12 and at Kampung Sungai Tapah are known as a favourite fishing spot for some of the locals, offering an abundance of Gourami to anglers.
However, ever since two disused ponds there became heavily polluted from rubbish, the fish has declined and in turn, mosquitoes, including Aedes have increased.
“The rubbish especially the polystyrene food containers, plastic bags and asbestos from the construction debris provide the best breeding ground for the mosquitoes as water collects in them,” he added.
It was reported in July 2015 that Kampung Datuk Ahmad Said Tambahan 2 is among the areas identified by the authorities as dengue hotspots in Ipoh, with 104 cases reported in the village since December 2014.
Kampung Manjoi was also identified as one of the 29 localities with active dengue cases last year.
Ziad said he has suggested to the state government that the five disused mining ponds at the village to be turned into recreational areas to prevent people from throwing rubbish there.
“When I accompanied State Health, Public Transport, Non Islamic Affairs, National Integration and New Villages committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon in 2015 during his visit to Kampung Sungai Tapah, we identified illegal dumpsites, disused mining pools, unoccupied lots and clogged drains as ideal breeding ground for the Aedes mosquito in that area.
“As a solution to the problem, I suggested to the state government to turn the area into a recreational areas starting with the one in Kampung Sungai Tapah,” he said.
As a result, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir recently officiated the Manjoi public recreation park complex groundbreaking ceremony at Kampung Sungai Tapah in conjunction with Permukiman Menteri Besar Kinta ceremony on Feb 22
The RM500,000 complex which is nearby the Manjoi Mini Stadium would offer public amenities such as children’s’ playground, reflexology area and outdoor gym to accommodate the villagers