Newly-appointed MBIP mayor Salehuddin Hassan said the council wanted the public to always maintain their environment and clean up the trash, especially items that could contain water and act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“The public play an important role in ensuring their surroundings are clean, especially houses. What they can do is just make sure that their front porch and the backyard areas are clear of any rubbish,” he said, adding that destroying mosquito breeding grounds was important to reduce dengue outbreaks.
Salehuddin said trash clogging up the drainage and sewerage system posed a potential risk of flash floods during the current monsoon season.
As such, keeping drains clean also helps reduce chances of clogging and flooding.
“There are a few hotspots in MBIP which are flood risks such as Gelang Patah, so it is important the public helps us in maintaining and ensuring that their places are clean,” Salehuddin said when met by reporters after the MBIP full board meeting at Dewan Mesyuarat MBIP.
MBIP, he said, had already taken steps to do its part by cutting tall grasses and collecting trash from the roadside and highways within its jurisdiction.
“We have also conducted a clean-up at non-residential and vacant land, aside from playgrounds and public recreational places.
“We urge the private sector and non-governmental organisations to take part in clean-up efforts and keep their premises mosquito-free,” he added.
Salehuddin said aside from cleanliness, the council had also launched a task force to monitor the condition of public amenities around MBIP to ensure that the facilities were in good working order.
“Their targets are ensuring road lamps are well lit at night, the roads are free of potholes and public restrooms are clean and functional.
“Any damage must be repaired immediately because they involve public convenience. We are obliged to provide comfort for the public,” he said, adding that he would also meet up with all restaurant owners in the MBIP area whose outlets’ cleanliness level is graded as ‘C’.
“Grade C is not good enough, We want all restaurants within MBIP’s jurisdiction to have at least grade ‘B’ for their cleanliness,” said Salehuddin.
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