THE Ipoh City Council (MBI) has begun its operation to inspect residential properties for mosquito breeding grounds.
City councillor Chew Junn Weng said those who are found to be at fault will be slapped with a RM500 fine.
“This is extremely crucial to curb the dengue menace. We are seeing the worst spike of reported cases and deaths this year not only in Perak but throughout the country.
“We hope that this will not only serve as a reminder to everyone to keep the compounds of their homes clean but to also increase public awareness,” he said during a gotong-royong at the Pasir Pinji Dewan Rukun Tetangga in Ipoh last weekend.
He added that MBI will also be cleaning up abandoned premises and will bill their respective owners for the cost.
The gotong-royong, dubbed “Operasi Gempur Nyamuk”, saw about 40 residents in Pasir Pinji working together to clean up Jalan Pasir Pinji 8 and Jalan Pasir Pinji 9.
The programme was jointly organised by Ipoh Timur MCA, MBI, Pasir Pinji New Village Development and Security committee, and the MCA Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) for the first time.
Ipoh Timur MCA division chief Datuk Chew Wai Khoon said the main objective was to create awareness among its residents on the importance of maintaining a clean and mosquito-free environment, because Pasir Pinji is one of the 17 dengue hotspots in Perak.
“This is due to our frequently blocked drains, uneven roads that hold water puddles when it rains, and the large number of abandoned premises here.
“As such, it is time for every resident to make the effort to ensure their homes and neighbourhoods are clean and free of stagnant water in order to combat the dengue problem,” he said.
Chew said that the Health Ministry had reported 109 dengue fever cases in Perak during the first week of August alone.
“Compared to last year or even the year before, it is evident that the rate of cases and deaths due to dengue have been increasing.
“We cannot solely rely on the authorities to organise gotong-royong activities to stop the spread of dengue.
“All you need to do is just take 10 minutes every week to ensure that your house compound is clean and free of stagnant water,” he said.
A blood donation campaign was also held at the Dewan Rukun Tetangga library to help replenish the supply at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital.