A worrying situation

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019

Liow (right) and Ku (left) inspecting a drain identified as one of the breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government plans to redevelop the food court in Jalan Tasek 64, Bandar Seri Alam to include better infrastructure and amenities for the public and curb the dengue menace.

State tourism, women, family and community development committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said that 1,091 dengue cases were recorded in Pasir Gudang, with 20% (244 cases) in Bandar Seri Alam, from January to July.

Liow, who is also Johor Jaya assemblyman, said of the 244 cases, 117 were in Bandar Seri Alam Zone 1 and 127 cases from Zone 2.

“Some of the contributing factors to the numbers was the clogged drainage system, like at the multi-purpose hall and nearby food court which is unkempt.

“We hope to upgrade the food court soon and reduce the threat of dengue in the area, ” she said when met after attending a gotong-royong programme at Flat Jalan Tasek 64 here.

The food court will include toilet facilities, parking lots and electricity supply for about 30 stalls.

“The proposal for this development has been sent to the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) and is currently awaiting the district office’s approval.

“Currently, the food court is dirty, and without proper electrical wiring.

“We hope to get approval soon to make conditions here better, ” she said.

There are currently more than 8,000 people living in Flat Jalan Tasek 64.

Meanwhile, MPPG councillor Ku Chee Chen said the redevelopment of the food court would cost around RM1.5mil.

“We are taking care of all the paperwork first and hopefully we can start development works next year.

“We hope that the public will also help MPPG and the state government by making sure their surroundings are always kept clean and free of mosquito breeding sites.

“We must do all we can to reduce dengue cases in Bandar Seri Alam, ” he said.

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