Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has warned those feeding pigeons in the city to stop doing so or risk being penalised.
This follows 14 complaints from the public this year over the nuisance caused by pigeons.
People caught feeding the pigeons or other wild birds have been given verbal warnings and also issued notices to stop, said deputy mayor Aznan Hassan at a full board meeting.
“They may also be fined RM250. We have been placing banners around the area and also making announcements online to educate the public,” he said.
He added that no one should be doing anything that would dirty private or public property.
“Pigeons or wild birds that nest in buildings can bring contagious diseases to humans.
“Their old and dry bird droppings will develop fungus, and the dust will enter people’s lungs.
“This will lead to histoplasmosis which is a form of lung infection and in rare cases, result in death.
“Those with weak immune systems and illnesses such as asthma or allergies are most at risk,” he said.
Aznan added that besides causing illness, pigeons marred cleanliness of the environment.
On another matter, the city council received 168 applications for the Petaling Jaya SEED 5.0 fund.
The applications were open between March 17 and July 31 this year.
The council has approved 26 applications and granted RM553,482.39 under the scheme.
The grants were given in line with MBPJ’s six main themes under its Petaling Jaya Smart, Sustainable and Resilient City 2023 vision.
The themes are low carbon city with 13 approved applications, circular economy city (two applications), safe and resilient city (one application), learning city (seven applications), economically vibrant city (one application) and society 5.0 (one application).