MBSJ records sharp rise in dengue cases, urges vigilance

Mohd Fauzi says MBSJ needs to be quick in tackling service delivery issues.

Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) recorded 2,945 dengue cases from Jan 1 until May 20 this year which is a 77% increase compared with the corresponding period last year that recorded 1,653 cases.

Mayor Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said there were 12 hotspots in the city and urged residents to be vigilant in keeping their surroundings clean.

“The hotspot areas are Taman Kinrara Jalan TK4 (Ceria Apartments), USJ14 (Subang Perdana Goodyear Court 7), Taman Kinrara Jalan TK3 (Suria Complex), Taman Pinggiran USJ 2 (Sri Kayan), SS18/5 and SS18/6, Taman Kinrara Jalan TK4 (Suria Apartment), SS19/6, Bandar Kinrara 3 (Jalan 3), Taman Serdang Perdana 3 (East Lake Side Residence), Batu 13 Kampung Tengah B (Lorong 1-6 and Jalan Klang), Taman Kinrara Jalan TK 3 (Vista Lavender) and Taman Lestari Perdana (Sri Indah Apartment) Block 1 to 35.

“Fogging alone will not eliminate the dengue scourge as we need the people in the hotspots to keep their surroundings clean and remove stagnant water that can become breeding sites for Aedes mosquitoes,” he said at his maiden full board meeting.

Mohd Fauzi, who took over as Subang Jaya mayor early this month, also urged the staff to be MBSJ’s eyes and ears to address issues in the city that will improve its service delivery to ratepayers.

He said MBSJ had about 1,600 employees and hoped each would keep a lookout for problems in their respective neighbourhoods and around the city

“We need to be quick in addressing issues before the matter is highlighted by the media.

“If our workers can inform us of a small pothole before it worsens, for example, problems can be resolved faster,” he added.

Mohd Fauzi said the council had received about 20,000 complaints from ratepayers and MBSJ had resolved some of them.

City councillor Thomas Low Yew Sin, who is in charge of Zone 9 that covered Sri Puchong and Taman Perindustrian Puchong, said the idea to involve MBSJ employees to help the council address complaints was timely.

“Our MBSJ employees are often on the front line as they live in the area and can help forward the issues to the right departments,” he said.

Councillor Ken Chia, who oversees Zone 1 from SS12 to SS19, said the suggestion for employees to be the eyes and ears of the council was good.

“They have only to message the departments when they see a restaurant not practising good hygiene or spot fallen branches on the roads and potholes, and action can be taken faster.” — By EDWARD RAJENDRA

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