MINISTRY OF URBAN WELLBEING, HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
14. Incinerator Plant Management
a. The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) constructed incinerator plants using the autogenous combustion technology proposed by XCN Technology Sdn. Bhd. (XCNT) in Pulau Langkawi, Pulau Pangkor, Cameron Highlands and Pulau Tioman. Besides that, this technology was also used for the improvement of the Thermal Oxidation Plant (TOP)
Project in the Federal Territory of Labuan. These new plants were expected to solve the problem of solid waste management at respective locations. The Department of National Solid Waste Management (JPSPN) was the owner of the projects and was responsible for managing and operating the incinerator plant upon completion of the projects. Under the Ninth and Tenth Malaysia Plan, a total of RM199.09 million from RM337.45 million allocated by the Federal Government was spent on the construction of the incinerator plant projects. Audit findings revealed that overall, the management of incinerator plant projects by KPKT was not satisfactory. Among the weaknesses identified were as follows:
physical performance of the incinerator plant
projects was not satisfactory where all 4
projects were given extension of time (EOT)
between 240 to 693 days. Of the 4 projects,
only one project was completed within the
EOT, 2 projects were delayed for 46 and 104
days, while another project was still not
completed as at 6 May 2013, which was 330
days after the EOT. Besides that, only one
incinerator plant was operating while the other
2 were still not operating after completion with
delay between 223 to 642 days;
- the operation of Pulau Pangkor Incinerator Plant was not satisfactory because it did not operate autogenously, the set temperature range could not be achieved and output could not be produced at the fixed rate;
weaknesses in the management of the plant
operation and maintenance contract due to
delay in finalizing the incinerator plant
operation contract documents and the manual
on the plant operation and maintenance was
not prepared yet;
KPKT spent RM7.23 million for Labuan TOP refurbishment project although it was still in the process of arbitration with the previous contractor for TOP construction wherein the project had to be terminated at the end;
flaws in the design caused the incinerator plant
not to operate optimally;
non-compliance with the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) requirements;
Testing and Commissioning (T & C) of
incineration plants were not conducted
non-compliance with the Occupational Safety
and Health Act and the Factories and
KPKT should provide the basis of effective
management of solid waste from the source
(house/premises) and raise awareness to the
people about the importance of separation of
solid waste from the house so that the quality
of waste sent to incineration plants could be
improved to overcome the quality of solid
waste‟s calorific value (cv) and moisture
KPKT/JPSPN/XCNT should improve solid
waste treatment process to ensure that the
quality of solid waste (cv and moisture content)
complies with the standards required before
being burned by the incinerator plants so that
autogenous combustion could be achieved and
diesel consumption could be minimized;
KPKT should ensure that incinerator plant‟s
operators possess the skills as required by
acceptable standard during handling the solid
waste in order to comply with the operation
standard, environmental regulations as well as
safety and health regulations. Relevant training
should also be given from time to time;
- KPKT and JPSPN should monitor closely the compliance with the terms of the contract, particularly in managing T & C process; compliance with EIA issued by the Department of Environment; quality of construction; compliance with the laws in order to ensure that the Government gets value for money;
JPSPN should provide a guideline to oversee
and monitor the management of the incinerator
plant operations so that all the rules are
followed and the plant is always being
JPSPN should establish a mechanism to
ensure full compliance with the operating
conditions of the contract prior to payment to
the contractor; and
- JPSPN should create a committee consisting of agencies directly involved in the monitoring of the incinerator plant operations including the Department of Environment, Safety and Health Department and the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing. In addition, the committee should also help JPSPN to outline the conditions to be included in the contract of operation and maintenance of incineration plants. Benchmarking with successful incinerator‟s operators could be made to ensure that the incinerator plant is properly managed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
As audits conducted by the National Audit Department are based on samples and certain scopes, Secretary Generals of Ministry/Heads of Department/Chief Executives should carry out thorough examination to ascertain whether other activities have the same weaknesses and thereby take corrective actions and make improvements. In relation to this, other than carrying out evaluation on internal controls, the Internal Audit Unit should carry out procurement and performance audits on the management of programmes/activities/projects to ensure that they are implemented efficiently, economically and the stated objectives are achieved.
DG Datuk Dr Nadzri Yahaya Ph.D(doctorate in conservation of dolphins?) should know a thing or two about these 'rubbish' as the AG says "The Department of National Solid Waste Management (JPSPN) was the owner of the projects and was responsible for managing and operating the incinerator plant upon completion of the projects".
I'm pretty sure the new 'no nonsense' Minister Datuk Rahman Dahlan would also look into this 'rubbish' and take the necessary steps, including roping in the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, to stop these humiliating stench.
Stop it before it becomes a scandal like the infamous NFC lembu saga.
"In other countries, they would take action on individuals for public misconduct. If their action was deliberate and their negligence caused the losses of millions of ringgit, they can be penalised for that.
"However today, we can't charge people for negligence and stupidity," he said, drawing laughs from the crowd. - Who is the he?
What should we do with those 'little napoleons' who act stupid, but are brilliantly corrupt to the core?
Ada yang makan duit sampah jugak ker?