PETALING Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar is disappointed over the poor hygiene standards at the Jalan Othman market in Petaling Jaya.
“In just two days, 210 rats were caught at the market during the Rodent Control campaign carried out by Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) Rodent Control Department.
“MBPJ’s rent for trading lots at the market is cheap. I know of those who make large profits here.
“However, traders adopt a lackadaisical attitude towards keeping the area clean.
“They cannot put the blame on the market structure and say it traps waste.
“Why throw the waste there when you know it will get trapped.
“We will consider terminating some of the business licences if the operators continue to turn a blind eye to cleanliness.
“I may consider advising the public not to go there until the place is cleaned up thoroughly, ” said Mohd Sayuthi after launching the Rodent Control Campaign 2019 at MBPJ’s headquarters.
In comparison, five rats were caught at both the Kampung Cempaka and Section 17 markets and four each at the Taman Megah and Seri Setia markets during the campaign.
The rodent catching campaign began in 2007. This year the campaign is being carried out at 15 locations in the city and will end on Dec 6.
The other markets included in the campaign are Section 17/1a, Seri Setia SS9, Taman Dato’ Harun complex and Section 14.
Food courts are also included in the campaign and these are Gerai Jalan 12 in Taman Dato’ Harun, Gerai Selera Jaya in Jalan 223, Farlim PJS 10/32, Selera Malam SS 2/62, Arena Selera Jalan PJS 2C/2, Selera Impian in Section 7 Kota Damansara, Selera Wawasan SS3/33 and Selera Kampung Lindungan PJS6.
The city council in collaboration with cleaning contractors have distributed rat traps to the market and food court traders.
A RM3 reward is being offered for each rodent caught.
From January to October, the city council received 74 complaints about rodents and during this period, MBPJ caught 781 rats.
In 2017,121 rats were caught during MBPJ’s rodent catching exercise at the SS2 commercial area and the morning market.
Last year, seven locations were selected for the campaign and 852 rats were caught.
For details on the campaign, call 03-7956 2939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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