All 16 local authorities (PBT) in the state of Johor will issue a compound directly to individuals caught littering in public places, starting at a rate of RM50 to RM500 and RM1,000 to RM2,000 for industrial owners.
The strict action follows the enforcement of the ban on dumping small waste in public places within the PBT area, starting immediately, to ensure the sustainability of the environment continues to be preserved in addition to educating the public about the importance of maintaining cleanliness.
Enforcement officers from the Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB), Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG), Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP), and Kulai Municipal Council (MPKu) have been outfitted with body camera technology to carry out tasks. This is to ensure efficient enforcement in the Greater Johor Bahru area.
In addition to wearing uniforms, the Chairman of the Housing and Local Government Committee, Dato’ Mohd Jafni Md Shukor, said that there are also law enforcement officers dressed as civilians when conducting monitoring and operations on those found to have committed the offence.
Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, was present to complete the inauguration of the Prohibition and Enforcement for the Disposal of Small Garbage in Public Places within the Johor state area in Hutan Bandar MBIP, Johor Bahru.
“The State Government will intensify enforcement regarding littering in accordance with the Roads, Drains, and Buildings Act 1974 (Act 133) and, when convicted, can be fined and compounded not exceeding RM1,000.
“I am sure, since Johor is “The Southern Gateway of Peninsular Malaysia”, we want to be the best reflection not only from the point of view of public services and economy but also from the point of view of cleanliness and landscape beautification.”
“It is my hope that, with the launch of the Anti-Litter Squad, this can further improve the image of the state and increase discipline and awareness among the Johor people,” he said on his official Facebook page.