THE AMOUNT of rubbish collected by a mother and son in their house in Kampung Baru Pasir Pinji proved a mountain too high for a group of volunteers as they struggled to clear the rubbish amassed over many years.
Due to her advanced age and her son’s disability, the old lady who declined to be named couldn’t clear bottles, cans, old furniture, magazines, books, and even a wheelchair on their own.
Officials and workers from the State Health Department inspected the home two weeks ago and were shocked to find 29 mosquito breeding areas in just the one house.
An examination of the house occupied by the elderly woman and her son, in his 40s, found the house and its surroundings filled with garbage, scrap metal and stagnant water in empty containers.
The occupants of the house face court action if they fail to clean up their residence.
State Health Department Director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said the occupants had been given instructed to clean their house within seven days or face action.
To help the mother and son, residents in Pasir Pinji with the help of MCA Ipoh Timur went to the house to help clear the the rubbish.
But it proved to be insufficient as the team only went on the last day of the grace period and the team were only able to clear things outside the house
MCA Ipoh Timur Wanita Chief Kat M. Wong, who was there to monitor the effort, hopes that the State Health Department and also the Ipoh Municipal Council will allow more time for the rubbish to be cleared.
“There are lots of things outside and inside the house. It will take time and I hope the authorities will give some leeway to the old lady.
“Now, we will help her, but in the future, if it happens again. She has to do it on her own. The condition of the house can be detrimental to the public,” she told MetroPerak.
Attempts to reach Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man for comments on the issue were unsuccessful.
In MetroPerak’s previous story on matter, Wong said she was aware of the dengue problem in Pasir Pinji and would do her part in helping to make sure mosquito breeding areas are eradicated.
She also said the contractors employed by the city council do not collect the rubbish or clean in Pasir Pinji according to schedule and this affects the cleanliness of the area.
“I will convey my concerns to the council and councillor. The people here have complained that rubbish is not collected on time or is just left in empty lots.
“On average, we get two to three complaints about overgrown grass, rubbish and dirty drains every week. My call to the council is to ensure contractors clean these places according to schedule.
“It’s just a matter of enforcement and strict supervision. As for the resident who has been given seven days to clear the rubbish in their house, we will help them and will discuss with the village committee how to help them,” she said.
Last year, 49 dengue cases were reported in Pasir Pinji, while 11 cases have been reported so far this year.
There are numerous abandoned houses in the area with overgrown shrubs and trees which can be mosquito-breeding grounds. The conditions in some areas of the village continue to pose a dengue risk for residents of the area.
The State Health Department has assured that steps are being taken and for this year alone, it has fogged the village 22 times and checked for Aedes mosquito breeding areas 16 times.