Following the Housing and Local Government’s (KPKT) announcement last year that all street lights nationwide will be converted to LEDs beginning September 2020, the ministry is now focusing on the disposal of abandoned cars.

A pilot study is now underway, according to local news sources, to improve on the disposal of abandoned cars and will take place for the next six months, said Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.

The Kajang Municipal Council (MPKJ), the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), and the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) are among the five local councils currently involved in the study. In Kajang alone, about 150 abandoned vehicles are towed away each day.

Datuk Zuraida said these municipals will be studied and they would draft standard operating procedures (SOP) and disposal methods. Zuraida is also seeking cooperation from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to implement this.

These places are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes as highlighted by Datuk Zuraida. She also stressed that the disposal methods are not as comprehensive as after the abandoned cars are towed away, the area will still be littered with rubbish.

This initiative also seeks to reduce the expenditure of local municipals as they would no longer need to rent a site for storage of abandoned vehicles if a more efficient system is in place.