ABOUT 100 Kampung Baru Kampung Tawas folk took time out on a Sunday morning to clean up the neighbourhood to curb dengue fever.
The new villagers, who gathered at SJKC Kampung Tawas, armed themselves with rakes, brooms and plastic bags and began the gotong-royong at about 8.30am.
Ipoh City councillor Liew Kar Tuan said the gotong-royong included cleaning the streets, clearing illegal dumpsites, unclogging drains and also putting polystyrene beads into septic tanks.
“As of early April, there have been 24 dengue cases reported.
“Though there were no deaths, the city council and the people here are concerned about the matter and as such, decided to organise the gotong-royong,” he said.
“The response is very good as the number of new villagers who came to help out was more than I expected,” he said, adding that he hoped to hold a bigger gotong-royong session in the future.
“I am also happy that some villagers even lent us their excavator and lorry to help with the cleaning and clearing of garbage,” he added.
Liew said city council officers also conducted checks at empty lots and abandoned homes for Aedes mosquito breeding grounds during the gotong-royong.
“We will compile and follow up with notices to the respective owners to clean their premises.
“If no action is taken, we will take legal action,” he said, adding that there were about 600 houses in the new village.