Uncollected branches and plastic bags filled with garbage have marred the area. NSTP/ Ramdzan Masiam

branches near Sungai Air Hitam along Jalan Utama in George Town have been left uncollected for more than a week, becoming an eyesore to passers-by.

To compound matters, the area, which is located within walking distance of the Penang Governor’s residence and Penang Hospital, is also fast turning into a dumpsite as plastic bags filled with garbage are thrown all over the area.

V. Arumugham, 57, who frequently exercises at the nearby Padang Polo, said the rubbish was left by people who came in vehicles.

“I saw them alighting from their vehicles and just dumping their garbage there before leaving.

“I did not manage to see their faces clearly as it was early in the morning.

“Even so, at least the tree branches should have been cleared.

“This could turn into an eyesore if not solved quickly,” he said when met.

Checks by NST Actionline found that a housing project was taking place beside the river.


When contacted, Penang Island City Council secretary Addnan Mohd Razali said the council would investigate the situation before taking the necessary actions.

He added that checks would be done to identify those responsible for leaving the tree branches there.

“We will do the necessary and clear up the area the soonest,” he said.

Those who wish to lodge a complaint can visit http://aduan.mbpp.gov.my/

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