Residents urge council to remove abandoned vehicles

Residents want the authorities to remove this abandoned taxi at Stulang Laut Flats.

AN abandoned taxi and motorcycle at Stulang Laut Flats in Johor Baru have become not only an eyesore for residents there, but also a nest for rats and cockroaches.A resident who wished to be identified only as Chua, 61, said the abandoned vehicles were located next to Block 1 of the flats.

“We can hear the rats making loud noises at night when they come out to look for food at a dumpster nearby and around the block as some of the residents leave leftover food for stray cats.

“Some rats have entered my house on the second floor,” she said, adding that she had set traps and caught more than 20 rats over the years.

Chua complained about this to the residents’ committee a few times but no action was taken.

Student Lu Huu Dat, 14, and his family have grown used to seeing the abandoned vehicles next to the parking lot in front of their unit.

“The vehicles have been there since we moved here in 2016 and we have no idea who the owners are.

“We often see rats scurrying in and out of the vehicle as if it was their playground, and we have become used to it,” he said.

Clerk Norlela Taib, 46, who has been living in the flats for about 20 years, said the abandoned vehicles were an eyesore that she passed by daily on her way to work.

“I can also see the vehicles from my unit in Block 9, located right next to Block 1.

“I hope the authorities can help to remove the vehicles as soon as possible and clean up the surroundings,” she said.

Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) Pelangi/Taman Sentosa zone councillor Ang Boon Heng said he had directed the matter to the relevant unit and that action would be taken soon. — By YEE XIANG YUN

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