FOR the past 18 years, stakeholders in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, have carried out gotong-royong to keep their area clean, but for the first time, they will also trapped rats.
About 80 establishments ranging from hotels, restaurants as well as big and small traders came together to trap the rodents that are not only a nuisance but pose a serious health threat to humans because of the various diseases they carry.
“It is not uncommon to see rats scurrying around roads in the city in the day or night. This has to be dealt with because it affects the image of Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur,” said DBKL executive director (planning) Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah after witnessing Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan launch the Jom Bersih Bukit Bintang 15 campaign at Plaza Low Yat Boulevard.
Also present was Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun.
“The stakeholders in the Bukit Bintang area have been using their own traps to catch the rats, instead of waiting for us to provide them the traps,” said Fong.
He added that DBKL agreed to pay RM3 for each rat caught during the three-day campaign. The traps were laid in Jalan Alor, Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Jalan Asoka and surrounding areas.
Federal Hotels International senior general manager Simon Leong said their hotel was proud to see the impact of the Bukit Bintang gotong-royong initiative since 2001.
“It was great to see 1,000 representatives from DBKL, Alam Flora, various government agencies, businesses in Bukit Bintang and students from schools and universities taking part in this bi-annual event,” he said, adding that it was the 36th gotong-royong they organised since its inception.
“Bukit Bintang is a famed tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur and it is important to continue to have a clean working and living environment as well as to spur interaction among the local community and educate our younger generation on preserving the environment,” Leong added.
Alam Flora chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zain Hassan said at least 16 tonnes of rubbish of mostly food waste was collected from the Bukit Bintang area every day.
Other activities held at the event included a lucky draw, aerobic workouts, health screening, talks on electronic waste, fire prevention, crime prevention and health.