THE sight of garbage bags and other wastes being strewn along roads at residential areas in Ipoh is very common.
This is especially bad at Hala Keledang Emas at Taman Keledang Emas where piles of rubbish have not been cleared for the past six months.
Concerned resident Chow Mui Khoi, in his 60s, said the Ipoh City Council had cleared up the illegal dumpsite last year but garbage was being thrown there again.
The former lorry operator said he and other residents had tried in vain to get the authorities to remove the garbage through numerous complaints.
“These complaints have however, fallen on deaf ears,” he told MetroPerak.
He said there were no issues with the garbage collecting services at the residential area until recently.
“I have not seen the garbage collectors for about two weeks. They are usually here three times a week,” he added.
Chow also noted that several drains at the residential area had been filled with sand and water was stagnant there.
“These are becoming the perfect breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes,” he said.
Kinta Free Trade Zone Senior Superintendent A. Ramesh also said he was promised by an officer last month that the illegal garbage pile would be cleared in two weeks after his complaint.
“It has been a week after the new year and the rubbish is still there.
“Instead of city council staff clearing the rubbish, I saw Health Department personnel putting up an anti-dengue banner there,” he said.
“It is really a concern because I’ve heard of two dengue cases in this area in December,” he added.
Ramesh, 45, also suggested for the city council to build a pavement or walkway to prevent people from discarding rubbish at the roadside.
“With a walkway, people will not just drive by and throw their garbage there. I had written to them about this two years ago.
“Warning signs no longer work as people just don’t care and are not afraid,” he said, believing that most of the garbage there were discarded by residents.
City council corporate affairs principal assistant director Normala Latiff said its Town Service Section had been notified to clean up the rubbish.