KOTA KINABALU: Residents in the Kota Belud district, especially those living close to the township area, are having a stench of a day as rubbish continues to pile up at a dumpsite.
A businessman, who only wanted to be identified as Tan, said he cannot take the smell any more and is concerned that the unhygienic situation would affect his health.
“It has been a few days since anyone cleared the rubbish here and it’s piling up fast, ” he said.
He said while the smell is one thing, stray dogs and cats getting in to search for food is another.
“There are also rats, flies and who knows what kind of other pests, ” Tan said.
He said during this Covid-19 pandemic, the least the local authorities can do is to maintain the cleanliness of the surroundings and to have consistent scheduled trash collection.
“There are food stalls and markets nearby, traders and buyers are suffering, ” he said.
Tan said he can understand if the trash collectors were not working on weekends but the last time the trash was collected was sometime during the weekdays.
“They could have come again on Friday if they are not on duty Saturdays and Sundays, ” he added.
He hopes that the authorities will look into this and clear the trash out as soon as possible.