THE actions of litterbugs have once again caused a mess in First Garden, this time in the drains in Ipoh
The drains are clogged with waste, causing murky, stagnant and smelly water.
Speaking to MetroPerak on the condition of anonymity, a resident said he has not seen Ipoh City Council workers cleaning up the drain for the past two years.
“This is going to give a very bad impression to visitors and tourists coming in, not to mention the environmental pollution and potential health hazards that come with it.
“Relatives from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore who visited me always ask me about the situation here and ask why nothing is done,” he said.
The resident also pointed out that some of his neighbours have been complaining about the lack of maintenance in the area.
“We feel a bit sad seeing how dirty the area of shoplots here has become. Something really must be done to clean up this area.
“There is also the fear that when the drain gets too clogged and water cannot flow, flash floods may occur,” he said.
Choosing to remain anonymous as well, one of the shopkeepers, where the drain is situated in front of her shop, said she did not understand why the council workers are selective about cleaning up the area.
“Everyday they are thronging the area picking up trash, but they choose to ignore the rubbish in the drain.
“Several times I saw that one of the workers wanted to clean it up but she was reprimanded by others for doing so, and was told to leave it be,” she said, adding that she found this situation appalling.
After two years of running her business at her current shoplot, the shopkeeper said she could not recall any council worker cleaning up the drain during that time as well.
“All this filth makes for an unsightly place, and I wish the council workers could stop behaving as if they are not paid for getting the job done,” she said.
Apart from the drain, several dumpsites were found along the road, with piles of garbage bags left lying around.
A hawker, who operates by the roadside, said night market vendors, who set up their stalls every Friday, left behind all the rubbish.
“It may take a few days for the council workers to come and clear them up, but many are pointing fingers at day hawkers like myself for dirtying the place.
“I have my own plastic bags where I discard food waste from my business, and I always make sure that I throw them into a garbage bin before leaving.
“What they should be concerned about is the drain, because many people treat it as a place to dump rubbish, and none of the trash gets cleared,” she said, adding that she hoped the council would ensure workers bucked up and cleaned up the drain as soon as possible.