Green’s clean, red’s a mess under City Hall’s new blueprint

By Danial Dzulkifly

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — Neighbourhoods here will be colour-coded according to their performances under the Kuala Lumpur Cleanliness Standards Blueprint. 

A total of 35 neighbourhoods will be assessed based on four criteria:

Cleanliness — 40 per cent 
Infrastructure — 20 per cent
Environment — 20 per cent 
Community participation - 20 per cent
The colour ratings are:
Green — Clean 
Yellow — Moderately clean
Blue — Less clean
Red — Dirty

A decorative signpost will be placed in areas rated green as an incentive for the local community to get more involved.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said yesterday the programme was a revamp of the blueprint introduced in 2015. 

“There is now more emphasis on community involvement,” he said at its launching yesterday. 

The blueprint is part of the ministry’s efforts to clean the streets of Kuala Lumpur, in line of the federalisation of waste management in 2011, to make the capital a clean city by 2020.

The launch was accompanied by the signing of memorandums of understanding between stakeholders and city hall to clean up the streets.

Tengku Adnan said a sense of belonging was key in maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in the city.

Although the role of Kuala Lumpur City Hall has been streamlined for waste management, Tengku Adnan urged residents to be involved and help City Hall in changing the negative perception of the city. 

“We have been dubbed as the ‘city of rats’, do you not feel ashamed? Not only do we need to change this perception, we need to also change people’s mentality," he said, referring to a report by Jakarta Post in November 2014 that said the city was infected by seven million rats.

“City Hall has the provisions to enforce rules against litterbugs but we do not want to become a body that only issues fines.” 

Tengku Adnan praised the responsible nature of Japanese citizens of taking care of their city and hoped Kuala Lumpur folk could follow their example.

“In the streets of Tokyo, you can’t even find a cigarette butt, much less trash, as they prefer to keep the litter in their own pocket and throw it in a waste bin," he said. 

“They understand if you create waste then you are responsible to clear it up.”