Anti-dengue efforts will go to waste if public apathy continues


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  • Friday, 30 Jan 2015

Irresponsible: Bags of rubbish discarded instead of being thrown into the bin. This can become a breeding site for mosquitoes as cleaning contractors pick up garbage from only bins. — Photo by ONG SOON HIN

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THE tidak-apa attitude is contributing to the high number of dengue cases in SS2, Petaling Jaya with plastic cups, wrappers and polystyrene containers littering the roadsides, drains and even parks.

A water chestnut trader, known only as Meng Meng who trades from a pushcart here, blamed it on the irresponsible behaviour of the public.

“The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) or the health authorities can continue to have anti-dengue programmes but if people’s behaviour do not change, then all this would be a waste of time and money,” he said.

Consultant engineer Ong Wei Xiong, 27, who works in SS2, also blamed it on the public’s bad habits.

“Most people just dump food containers in the SS2 commercial hub.

“Because of the rainy season, water collects and they become potential breeding sites.

“This careless attitude is contributing to the rise in dengue cases,” he said.

A. Dickson, 23, said dengue was on the rise because of people’s bad attitude of discarding all kinds of disposable containers in public places .

“Once they fill with rainwater, mosquitoes start to breed.

“Political will is needed to overcome this irresponsible act of littering.

“MBPJ must be vigilant in enforcing its anti-litter regulations,” said Dickson, who sells cut fruits from a van.

He also said a major gotong- royong was needed to clean the drains in SS2.

The Aedes aegypti female mosquito is the main vector that transmits the virus that causes dengue.

Petaling Jaya has seen 829 cases from Jan 1 to 27 and 33 hotspots have been identified, including SS2.

Corporate trainer Mohd Syazwan Mustapha, 24, who lives in Shah Alam, agreed that SS2 needed a clean-up.

“There is too much litter around the commercial hub,” he said.

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