Abandoned cars raise health concerns in Tmn Sri Muda

These cars have been abandoned at the commercial area along Jalan 25/43 and Jalan 25/66 for more than a year.

CARS abandoned in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam are ideal spots for mosquitoes to breed.

Residents near the commercial lots in Jalan 25/43 and Jalan 25/66 say they have had a number of dengue cases in the area since early this year.

Taman Sri Muda Zone A residents association chairman T. Mogan said the cars were left there for more than a year and the residents were worried as the wet season was back.

“It has been raining every day lately and we have found pools of water inside the vehicles which are perfect for mosquitoes to breed,” he said.

Apart from that, customers going to the shops and workshops in the area have had a hard time finding parking as the abandoned vehicles are on council parking lots.

A worker at a nearby workshop, Steven Choo, said the cars were brought at night after the shops close.

He said they had no idea who the culprits were but the vehicle parts had gone missing every night, bit by bit.

“One minute the spot is empty and the next morning we see abandoned cars with missing tyres,” he said.

Asked if anyone had contracted dengue in the last few months, Choo said several workers from the workshops were down with dengue.

Both Choo and Mogan have lodged complaints with the police and Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) but no action has been taken so far.

MBSA had pasted a notice on the abandoned vehicles requesting the owners to remove them or risk having them towed. The notices were placed in March but the cars are still there.

“I was referred to the police when I complained to MBSA but the police say they have nothing to do with the problem, so where do we go?” asked a frustrated Mogan.

Choo said he had alerted MBSA officers who turn up regularly at the workshops to inspect for mosquito larvae but to no avail.

He said something should be done before it was too late.

When contacted, MBSA Corpo-rate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad said the council had to follow several steps before an abandoned vehicle was disposed.

“We will stick a notice on the car for the owner to remove it and, at the same time, contact the police to check if the vehicle is in the list for cases under their jurisdiction,” he added.

“Apart from that, the council will place advertisements on the abandoned vehicles. Only after all these procedures are followed, the car will be towed to our depot. The list of abandoned cars will then be handed over to our disposal committee for further action,” he said.

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