IT is unfair to blame Ipoh City Council (MBI) for not clearing undergrowth and unclogging drains and claiming this has led to a spike in dengue cases.
Newly appointed city councillor Tony Khoo said there were some issues with the main contractor appointed to carry out the work.
“We have looked into the matter and found that a lot of maintenance and cleaning works were not conducted,” he said, referring to complaints on MBI slacking on the job.
“The main contractor, who received allocation to carry out the maintenance, employed subcontractors to do the work.
“They later had an issue with funding and the maintenance works were not carried out,” he added.
Canning assemblyman Jenny Choy had reportedly said that the city council had not conducted regular cleaning maintenance work to unclog the drains and cut undergrowth in Kampung Simee since March, causing a spate of dengue cases.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin had also reportedly said that its efforts to combat dengue was also affected and limited by the movement control order (MCO).
Rumaizi had said that MBI was able to carry out investigations as well as conduct fogging, larviciding and search-and-destroy activities while the clearing of undergrowth on road reserves and unclogging drains were done in stages since April 1.
Perak has recorded some 1,351 cases between January and the first week of May this year, an 11% increase compared to 1,214 cases in the same period last year.
Kinta district is said to have the highest number of cases at 776, while Ipoh alone recorded 606 cases.
Khoo said the 18 newly appointed city councillors, who were sworn in on May 4, were still working out the assignments of their respective zones.
“I am currently overseeing the Pasir Puteh and Pasir Pinji zones and have also ‘adopted’ Canning.
“We will address the issue with the contractor in the city council meetings and look at the areas that have not been maintained,” he said.