CITY Hall has estimated that there are 6.8 million rats in Kuala Lumpur, which is four times the city’s population, reported Sinar Harian.
Despite the RM1 or RM2 reward given by City Hall for every rat caught, the number is still huge due to the failure of clean-up efforts in certain areas.
This was compounded by the presence of illegal traders in areas with no garbage collection by existing concessionaires.
Because of the high rat population, 2,925 cases of leptospirosis have been reported in the country since August 28, resulting in 28 deaths, said the Health Ministry.
City Hall Health and Environment Department director Dr Hayati Abdullah said that more than 30,000 rats had been killed between January and August with the collaboration between the local community and hawkers via traps and poison.
They did this by putting traps and poison in strategic locations.
> Kosmo! reported that popular local actor Adi Putra (pic) has denied sending an obscene picture to another man’s wife via WhatsApp Messenger early last month.
Adi Putra, 32, said that at that time he was performing umrah in Mecca.
“Actually, I don’t know the woman,” he told reporters after the announcement of his appointment as the ambassador of Ferena Beauty Care on Tuesday.
On rumours that he liked to “entertain” women on social network, he admitted to sending messages to 1Horlovers – as his fans were called – to invite them to attend ceremonies involving artistes.
It was reported earlier that the Singapore-born Adi – whose real name is Mohamed Hadi Putera Halim – had said that his career was unaffected by such allegations.
Adi’s wife, Aida Yusof, has since said that she was standing by the actor, best known for films like KL Gangster and its sequel KL Gangster 2, as well as Aku Terima Nikahnya.
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