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The Granite Quarry
USJ23 Neighbourhood

The Granite Quarry, a source of both dust and noise pollution

     
 

04/02/2002 - We send an email of appeal direct to the Board of Directors of Sime Darby which includes :

 
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid - Chairman
Tunku Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad bin Tunku Yahaya - Deputy Chairman
Tan Sri Nik Mohamed bin Nik Yaacob - Group Chief Executive
Martin Giles Manen - Group Finance Director
 

This email was also copied to various parties, most notably:

  Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Khir Toyo Mentri Besar  
  YB Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting Housing Minister  
  YB Dato' Lee Hwa Beng Adun Subang Jaya  
  En. Ahmad Faud Bin Ismail Yang Dipertua - MPSJ  
  Yap Yun Fatt-MPSJ MPSJ Councillor  
  Dharmender Singh Star Metro Reporter  
  Residents of USJ26    
  Residents of USJ27    

Hopefully, some form of sanity will prevail and someone with enough authority will finally put a stop to the "hooligan" tactics employed by the Sime Puchong Quarry once and for all.

Read our email of appeal to the BOD of Sime Darby

 
     
 

 
     
 

02/02/2002 - Was a Saturday, we hear the siren at the worksite go off at 9.00pm in the night, we drove over to USJ26 and can confirm that the quarry was still working. It continued until 10.00pm.
What must we do to have some peace? They were suppose to have stopped work at 2.00pm in the afternoon.

 

It's 10.00pm in the night and they are still working

 

This cat and mouse game is ridiculous, looks like we have to start a signature campaign involving all the residents of USJ23, 24, 26 and 27 to have the quarry stopped once and for all..

Who cares if they have to take years to complete their projects or never complete the project at all, are we to blame for their lousy planning? Must we be made to suffer, noise and dust pollution from the quarry just so that they can make some more money?

 
     
 

 
     
 

12/01/2002 - We have noticed that the lights continue to be turned on at the quarry site these last few nights.
On the evening of the 10/01/2002, Mr Beh drove over to USJ26 and found that the quarry was carrying out light maintenance work.
On the evening of 11/01/2002, Beh, Robert and Annie drove over to USJ26 again to verify that the quarry was indeed carrying out only light maintenance, however upon talking to some Residents there, we found that the Quarry have been operating from

7.00am until 6.00pm daily which is 2 hours in access of the stipulated time each day
7.00am until 6.00pm on Saturdays which is 5 hours in access of the times as indicated on their permit.

In all the quarry is operating illegally for 15 hours a week. - the amount involved must be HUGE for them to repeatedly continue risking government action.

We have been informed by MPSJ Councilor, Yap Yun Fatt, that even when a summons is issued to the quarry for noise or air pollution, they just pay the fine and continue their work. And that there is actually nothing much that can be done, except to bring them to court. So once again, financial power and corporate size is "might".

And so we continue to monitor them, until such time when this whole cycle of events start all over again.

But maybe we should put a stop to it immediately, this time around, directing this whole chain of events to the Mentri Besar and also the Housing Minister.

A request that they be permanently "shut down" would be appropriate seeing that they continue to break the rules and the law and we as working home owners don't really want to waste anymore time with them.

Our various efforts would be better channeled to building a better Community in USJ23.

 
     
 

 
     
 

08/12/2001 - Our neighbours in USJ27 are also fed up with the blasting and noise of the quarry. Their plight is highlighted in today's issue of the Star Metro. Read what Dharmender Singh wrote

Residents in USJ26 lodged a police report to show their disapproval as reported on 29/11/2001, "Residents in USJ24 are also very upset with the continued rumblings of the quarry" - KG Lim (Resident of USJ24).

In all we have now a total of more than 250 household (USJ23, 24, 26 and 27) who are complaining about the noise and dust pollution from the Quarry.

So what are the authorities going to do about it?

 
     
 

 
     
 

05/12/2001 - We send the following letter to Drs. Suhaimi Bin Bahari of the Petaling District Land Office and copies to the following departments.

Ahli Parlimen, Subang Jaya
ADUN Subang Jaya
Jabatan Alam Sekitar, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya
Sime UEP Properties Berhad - Raymond Chong
Balai Polis, USJ 8

A Resident posted this comment on our Forum which says it all:

"The email Mr. Abdul Hamid sent to Mr. Robert is really quite disturbing. I'm sure the tone and intent of his reply was meant to chide us as being annoying children who are not looking at the bigger picture."

"I am sure that our protests are not really affecting the production process of the quarry as past records will show that the quarry is quite indifferent to permits and such.
But, I am sure our protests, are indeed zooming the spotlight on SIME's lack of proper planning, common-sense and commitment to the well-being of the residents in USJ23 and 26." - Celia

It is really baffling why these big corporations continue to dish out high-handedness when simple decent courtesy and compromise is all that we are requesting.

 
     
 

 
     
  30/11/2001 - We send an email to the Puchong Quarry directing them to the incident that took place on the evening of 29/11/2001. Read what we wrote and the reply that we got.  
     
 

 
     
 

29/11/2001 (Evening) - Really, as if to test our resolve, 3 days after receiving the notice from the Petaling District Land Office the Puchong Quarry is at it again. On the evening of 29/11/2001 at around 7.00pm - 7.30pm they set off 2 blasts. (we thought that granite blasting was supposed to be controlled and not allowed in the evenings). We confirmed the explosion with our neighbours in USJ26 and decided to make a Police Report at the Balai Polis USJ 8. When we later arrive with 2 Police officers at USJ26 we can still hear the machines operating across the highway.

Does the fact that the Puchong Quarry being a subsidiary of Sime UEP Properties Berhad make them answerable to no one? are they immune to the Law? For that matter is Sime UEP Properties Berhad above the Law?

Are the proper authorities going to do something about the continuous flouting of the rulings set forth by them? are rules made to be broken? Must we wait for things to go completely out of control before action is taken?

We live in a civilised Country there must always be understanding of rules and regulations. To plea ignorance is totally unacceptable and should not be used as an excuse. Is the Puchong Quarry and Sime UEP Properties because of their "might"  trying to bully the residents of USJ23 and USJ26 into submission?

We strongly feel that the Puchong Quarry and Sime UEP Properties owe the Residents of USJ23 and USJ26 a big apology.


29/11/2001 - We will continue to monitor the Quarry making sure that they do not exceed the Operating hours stipulated.

The next time, they deliberately ignore the Operation Permit issued by The Petaling District Land Office, we should immediately make it a Police matter.

This is a classic example that (Together everyone achieves more) we really do achieve more working as a Community. Thanks to all the concern residents who gave their support especially to Beh who was tireless in pursuing this matter.

We should like to send out a special thanks to

China Press
Nanyang Press
The Sun
New Straits Times

and all their reporters for highlighting our problem.
We will be sending individual thank you notes to all these Newspapers who have made this possible.

Thank You very much Ladies and Gentlemen

 
     
 

 
     
 

27/11/2001 - We receive a faxed copy of a letter sent by the Enforcement Unit of The Petaling District Land Office to Puchong Quarry Sdn Bhd, withdrawing the extension of operating hours (Monday to Saturday from 8.00am to 10.00pm), that was given to them on 18/09/2001.

This letter was issued as a consequence of instructions from Jabatan Alam Sekitar Negri Selangor and our complains about noise and air pollution.

With immediate effect the official operating hours are :

Monday to Fridays  :     8.00am to 5.00pm
Saturdays               :     8.00am to 2.00pm

Read the contents of the letter here

We are most grateful that the relevant authorities have once again champion our basic right to peace and quiet when we return home from our daily work.

 
     
 

 
     
 

15/11/2001 - New Straits Times reported that the General Manager (Consumer and Communications) Sime UEP Properties Berhad Raymond Chong sent a faxed letter on behalf of its subsidiary Puchong Quarry Sdn Bhd.

Read the article USJ receives assurance over quarry operations

 
     
 

 
     
  07/11/2001 - The Sun Newspaper reporter Ng Kar Yean pursue the matter with The Petaling District Land Office. Read the article

Extra hours for quarry ops
But extension is not for blasting works, says Petaling Land Office

By now everyone knows that quarries are not allowed to do rock blasting in the evening.

 
     
 

 
     
 

01/11/2001 - The Sun Newspaper highlights our frustrations. Noisy quarry irks residents read the write-up by Ng Kar Yean

 
     
 

 
     
 

27/10/2001 - 2 Chinese Dailies (China Press and Nanyang) highlight our problems.

China Press headlines the caption - Quarry works late into the night, residents complain of noise and air pollution.

Nanyang's caption - Quarry works late everyday, residents living nearby have no peace.

 
     
 

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26/10/2001 - You can read the Letter titled
Management errors caused accidents at quarries - that was sent in by the former Director of Mines, Perak. This letter was published on Monday 22/10/2001 in The Sun newspaper.

Like we mentioned who checks on them?

Who checks on their noise level at night?
Who checks on the air pollution generated by them?
Who checks on the intensity of their blasting by day?

 
     
 

 
     
 

25/10/2001 - We send our letter of Complain to the following Departments

Pejabat Daerah / Tanah Petaling  
ADUN Subang Jaya - Dato Lee Hwa Beng
Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya Puan Arpah Binti Abdul Razak
Timbalan Presiden MPSJ
Puchong Quarry Sdn Bhd

Read the contents of our letter here

 
     
 

 
     
 

23/10/2001 - We have the following comment on our Forum :

I read in The Sun (yesterday's edition) a mail sent in by a previous management guy in the Mining and Minerals Department of the Ipoh District Land Office in which he indicated that the control of quarry's in Ipoh is very lax resulting in some mishap, in fact he went as far as to state that the people in the District Land Office did not know what the hell they were talking about etc.... If you read it you will understand what I mean.

We have a similar problem over here in USJ23, the Sime Puchong Quarry.

Who checks on them?

It seems that they are given an official license to operate from 8.30am to 6.00pm for years and years (of course they operate beyond hours, in fact 24 hours before our complain). Now they ask for an extension of 4 hours and it is just given.

Who checks on their noise level at night?
Who checks on the air pollution generated by them?
Who checks on the intensity of their blasting by day?

I think this situation is preposterous

 
     
 

 
     
 

19/10/2001 - We receive an email reply from Encik Abdul Hamid Matpiah, General Manager of Puchong Quarry Sdn Bhd indicating that they have receive an extension to 10.00pm  from the Petaling Land Office. Read his email here

  • Why was the operating hours extended after we made such a big protest back in May 2001 (exactly 5 months ago)?

  • Why was there no courtesy to even inform us of the revised decision?

  • Why was the Quarry operating beyond 10.00pm on nights they feel no one is watching?

  • Why must we suffer noise and dust pollution beyond normal working hours?

Read our minutes of the meeting held on 20/06/2001 at the Petaling Land Office carefully - rhetoric from bureaucrats again?

 
     
 

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18/10/2001 - We send our Demand Notice to Encik Abdul Hamid Matpiah, General Manager of Puchong Quarry Sdn Bhd, to adhere to the permissible operating hours, failing which we will proceed to lodge an official complaint with the District Office and the State Authority. Read our Demand Notice here

 
     
 

 
     
 

09/10/2001 - We spoke to a resident (Jeffrey Gomez) of USJ26 and he indicated that the quarry has been running very late into the night for the past few weeks. Pictures taken at 7.00pm clearly shows that the quarry continues to operate beyond permitted hours. What motivates the Quarry to flout the working hours in the permit is beyond us. WE WILL APPROACH THEM FOR AN EXPLANATION.

 
     
  Pictures taken at 7.00pm on 09/10/2001  
  This pictures was taken at 6.57pm on 09/10/2001 This picture was taken at 7.10pm on 09/10/2001  
       
 

 
     
 

06/10/2001 - 3 months have passed since we closed this subject, but in recent weeks, we have noticed that the Quarry is back to its old tricks again. During our Monthly Meeting on the night of 05/10/2001 more than 17 Residents and Committee Members saw proof that the Quarry was working beyond 10.00pm in the night.

 
     
 

 
     
 

This matter is now considered closed - we thought

20/06/2001 - Samsad A. Khan, Mohd. Redzwan Yahya and CN Lee, representing the Residents of USJ 23, attended a meeting organised by Encik Zoal Azha Yusof - Chief ADO and held at Bilik Qualiti, Pejabat Tanah, Subang Jaya. Read the report by our liaison officer CN Lee.

Thank You very much Gentlemen

We should like to take this opportunity to say a BIG Thank You to Samsad, Redzwan and Lee for taking the time and making the effort to represent our community at this meeting.

 
     
 

 
     
 

06/06/2001 - We have yet to get a reply from both the DOE and Petaling Land Office. Should we pursue the matter further??

 
     
 

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22/05/2001 - A further report on the pollution level of the Quarry in The Star (Metro) - Checks show pollution exceeds normal limit

The Chief Assistant District Officer Encik Zoal Azha Yusof has arranged a tentative meeting between the Quarry and our Resident's representative on Thursday 24/05/2001 (this meeting has yet to take place - 06/06/2001) at the Petaling Land Office.

The Quarry has reverted to the permitted operation hours which are 8.30am - 6.00pm

 
     

With effect from 22/05/2001 the Quarry operates from 8.30am to 6.00pm

       

Pictures taken  at 8.30am

8.30am and the quarry starts work

8.30am and they start work

Pictures taken  at 6.30pm

6.30pm and all is quiet at the quarry

6.30pm and they have stopped working

     
 

21/05/2001 - The Star (Metro) Newspaper reports on the interview we had on 16/05/2001 at our "Kampong" - Residents angry over quarry's 24-hour operation by Star Reporter Dharmender Singh.

The Quarry has stopped it's operations at 6.00pm with effect from 21/05/2001

 
     
 

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18/05/2001 - A delegation of concerned residents from USJ 23 (Beh, CN Lee, Samsad, Redzwan and Robert) visited MPSJ and spoke to Timbalan Yang Dipertua, Puan Arpah Bt. Abdul Razak about the complain. We were told that the matter was not within the jurisdiction of MPSJ, what we also found out was that an investigation was carried out by MPSJ immediately after we lodged the complain on 14/05/2001 with regards to this matter. And whilst we have now channeled our complain to Pejabat Daerah/Tanah Petaling, we congratulate MPSJ and Puan Arpah in particular, on being swift in their approach.

As a result of their action, the Quarry is no longer on a 24 hour shift.

 
     
 

 
     
 

We have written to MPSJ to complain about the quarry that operates 24 hours a day, copies of our letter have also been sent to our Ahli Parlimen Subang Jaya YB Tan Sri Dato' K.S. Nijhar and our Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Subang Jaya YB Dato' Lee Hwa Beng. The USJ 23 N/W Committee will be sending a few representatives to discuss this matter with MPSJ on 18/05/2001.

 
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