20th June 2001
Bilik Qualiti, Pejabat Tanah, Subang Jaya
PRESENT: Mr. Zoal Azha - Chief
Mr. Suhaimi Bahari - ADO
Mr. Abdul Hamid Matpiah - GM, Puchong Quarry
Mr. Lee Chiow Nea - USJ 23
Mr. Mohd. Redzwan Yahya - USJ 23
Mr. Samsad A. Khan - USJ 23
Two representatives from Sime UEP (no name given)
REPORT WRITTEN BY: Lee
Chiow Nea - Liaison Officer
Mr. Zoal Azha chaired the meeting and welcome
every one who attended this meeting within such a short notice. He sounded
a bit annoyed to receive USJ 23's second letter of complaint which set seven
days for them to act on it. He was quick to add that this was not the main
reason to call for this meeting. He explained the Land Office's policies on
non-compliances and seriously looking into all complaints. He showed us the notice
issued to Puchong Quarry dated 26th, June 2001 about our complaints. The
complaints were then discussed point to point as follow:
Mr. Zoal Azha said that the Quarry permit was
expired on 31st December 2000 and was extended on yearly basis. He
explained that the Government needs the revenue and there is no reason not to
extend the permit. He stressed that the operator of the quarry must
comply with the regulations stated in the permit.
The operating hours stated in the permit is:
8.30am to 6.00pm. Puchong Quarry General Manager, Mr. Abdul Hamid Matpiah
explained that since they received the notice from the Land Office, the Quarry
is operating accordingly.
Mr. Lee said that the USJ 23 residents noticed
that the Quarry still operating beyond its operating hours some of the nights,
especially the few nights before 16th of June which prompted us to sent the
second letter on that date. We want to settle this problem once and for all
and we will continue to monitor the situation.
Mr. Abdul Hamid assured us that the Quarry is not
doing the crushing at night, the crushing of rocks stop at 6.00pm but they
have to do the maintenance and cleaning up after that. The maintenance
might take a few hours. That's why the lights are on at night.
The Chairman said DOE's acceptable noise level is
65db and MPSJ's report was 64 db, which is acceptable.
Mr. Lee asked was it that the Quarry run at full
load recently which caused the higher noise level?
Mr. Abdul Hamid explained that this is not the
case, when the rocks are sent to the crasher, it will crash accordingly. More
rocks will take a longer time and the noise level should be the same.
The Chairman concluded that Land Office will
liaise with MPSJ to carry out random
test on the noise level.
Mr. Redzwan said that he saw the sprinkler system
used by the quarry along LDP in Damansara but Puchong Quarry has non of these.
Mr. Abdul Hamid explained that Puchong Quarry is
using another method to reduce the dust which is more effective. He welcome us
to visit his Quarry to see for ourselves. However, he said they are trying to
find other methods to reduce the dust level. They are considering using some
thing like canvass to cover but give
them some time to solve these out.
Mr. Redzwan and Mr. Samsad pointed out that the
school which is just opposite the Quarry will be opened next year. The school
children will suffer if nothing is done.
Mr. Lee pointed out that the Quarry located at
west-south-west of USJ 23, with the south-west monsoon wind and the
sea-breeze, the dust will rain down on USJ 23 which is about 800m away.
Mr. Abdul Hamid corrected that USJ 23 was 1.2km
straight line from the Quarry. He also explained that due to the recent
development of Sime UEP, clearing the land infront of the Quarry and thus
exposed the Quarry. The trees which were cleared actually formed as a barrier
to reduce the noise and dust pollution.
Chairman concluded that Land Office will liaise with DOE to do random test on
the dust pollution level and will monitor the situation.
There is no other matters, the meeting was stopped