Residents fear unkempt park will become Aedes breeding ground


1 Chin expressing his dissatisfaction over the poorly maintained drains at the park. 2 The clogged drains are a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes. Photos: S.S.KANESAN

CONCERNED over the rise in dengue cases and deaths caused by the outbreak, residents from Bandar Bukit Rajah in Klang are urging the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to look into the poor maintenance of the neighbourhood park immediately.

They claim that the contractor engaged to clean the park had done a shoddy job, leaving piles of garden waste and bags filled with garbage all over the place.

Charlie Chin, 57, from Jalan Makyong 2E/KU said residents were worried that the uncollected bags of garden waste and garbage could become an Aedes breeding ground.

He said workers had left the garbage bags at various spots at the park after they emptied the rubbish bins.

“Likewise the garden waste such as leaves, tree branches and trunks have been left uncollected after they were trimmed by the workers,” he said.

He added that the bags of rubbish and garden waste had been there for about three months.

“My house is facing the park and I notice that there are a lot more mosquitoes around my premises these days.

“The park is infested with mosquitoes and I have seen them flying around those bags,” he said, adding that he had been frequently bitten during his morning walks.

Another resident, A. Ramesh, 40, said the clogged drains in the area were also potential Aedes breeding ground.

With the rise of dengue cases in Klang, he said MPK should not take the situation lightly.

“We do not want to see a dengue outbreak in our area due to the authorities’ lackadaisical attitude or negligence,” he said.

Resident M. Azman said it was the local council’s duty to provide proper maintenance at public facilities.

He said residents had been carrying out regular gotong-royong activities in the area.

“We keep our compounds and the streets clean but the condition of the park is not up to mark.

“We fear for the safety of our children who play there every evening,” he said.

He urged the council to look into their complaints seriously.

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