Council urged to clear debris after demolition of illegal fruit stalls

Polystyrene, plastic containers, plywood and other materials left along Jalan Rawang two weeks after Selayang council demolished illegal fruit stalls there.

MOTORISTS plying Jalan Rawang are questioning Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) for creating an eyesore consisting of demolished fruit stalls near Bukit Rawang Jaya.

The council had carried out its operation against the illegal fruit stalls on both sides of the road two weeks ago, but the debris such as containers, tents, polystyrene boxes and other discarded items are still there.

Motorists and nearby residents are worried in view of the rainy season, the discarded items could collect rainwater and be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

A check by StarMetro at the site on Tuesday found discarded plastic food containers that had collected water. However, there were no mosquito larvae, yet.

There was also a car parked with a “For Sale” sign and a lemang trader had set up stall on the site formerly occupied by the fruit stalls.

Meanwhile, local leaders were glad that the fruit stalls were demolished but were unhappy that MPS had not cleaned up the area, opening it to the risk of becoming a mosquito breeding ground.

Bukit Rawang Jaya MCA chairman chief Lee Li Yew said that with the Zika virus and dengue cases on the rise, the authorities should take precaution by cleaning up the debris.

“The council should clean up all the debris and not leave anything behind.

“If not cleared, the public will take this mound of rubbish as a green light to start throwing other garbage such as old furniture here as it looks like a dumpsite now,” he said.

Selayang MCA Youth chief Chan Wun Hoong said he applauded the MPS enforcement team that had taken action on the illegal traders but all the rubbish here had to be be cleared immediately.

He said that Selangor had an alarming number of dengue cases, with Gombak being among four districts with the highest numbers.

“Up to March 24, there were 1,768 cases and two deaths reported in Gombak.

“The other three hotspots are Petaling, Hulu Langat and Klang.

“MPS must lead the way in showing the public how to prevent the spread of dengue. They (MPS) are not showing a good example to the public,” he added.

M.B Raja, who lives in Taman Sri Hijau, Rawang, about 50m from the demolished fruit stalls site, said there was high possibility that some of the polystyrene and cardboard boxes would get blown by strong winds and eventually end up in the nearby river.

“It is not only dangerous for motorists but also our environment.

“If the area is left like that, new traders may once again set up stalls. MPS should plant trees or do something to deter any more illegal traders from moving in there,” said Raja, who is also the Selayang MIC chief and uses Jalan Rawang daily.

MPS Corporate Department deputy director Ahmad Fauzi Ishak said the council would clear the area by next week.

“There are no plans at the moment to plant trees at the site to deter illegal traders.

“If we receive public complaints about new traders illegally setting up shop there, we will take action again,” he assured.

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