Electronic waste burning irks Kampong Mumong residents

|     Daniel Lim     |

 

SEVERAL residents of Kampong Mumong in the Belait District voiced concern about the thick smoke emissions from a bonfire in their neighbourhood, fuelled by the burning of domestic electrical appliances in an unused concrete pool.

A villager, whose house is near the pool, told the Bulletin, “The fire was caused by an unknown person on a bicycle, who promptly took off after starting it.”

He also said that he warned the stranger about the possible hazards posed by toxic substances from the electrical appliances.

Open burning at Kampong Mumong on January 25 evening. – DANIEL LIM

According to the villager, the unused pool is frequently used as a fire pit to dispose household waste. “I have had PVC pipes bent out of shape from the heat caused by the bonfires,” he said.

Other residents, meanwhile, expressed alarm that the fire is close to electrical power lines in the area.

Haji Mohd Yusof bin Dulamin, the Village Head of Kampong Mumong ‘A’ and ‘B’, said the bonfire is still controllable at present, but advised residents to remain vigilant during open burning in the area.