Prince: Everyone’s job to maintain cleanliness

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  • Sunday, 06 Feb 2005

KUANTAN: While taking part in a gotong-royong at Taman Tas housing estate, Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah spotted pieces of glass under a tree. 

He immediately picked them up and asked for garbage bags. 

“I can’t understand why some people cannot dispose of bottles after drinking. 

“This is dangerous with so many children playing in the field every day,” he said during the state-level cleanliness campaign to eradicate mosquitoes. 

CULTIVATING AWARENESS: Tengku Abdullah and children punching an aedes mosquito replicaat the launch of the cleanliness campaign at Taman Tas in Kuantan yesterday.

Tengku Abdullah reminded the people that cleanliness was not the sole responsibility of the government and the local authorities.  

He said everyone, even children, must be responsible for the cleanliness of their homes, schools and workplaces. 

He added that public apathy was the main reason for the rise of the dengue fever cases. 

“Dengue does not select its victims.  

“Whether you are a commoner or a member of the royal family, anyone of us can contract dengue if our surroundings are not clean,” he said. 

Tengku Abdullah, who initiated the campaign yesterday, said he was concerned over the rise in dengue which killed Form Four SMK Tengku Afzan student Wan Noorain Wan Ali last week. 

The state government has ordered an uncompleted block of the school's teachers quarters to be torn down. 

Tengku Abdullah also ex-pressed concern over the rising cases of filariasis.  

The state recorded some 294 cases last year.  

Earlier, state Health, Welfare and Orang Asli Committee chairman Datuk Ishak Mo-hammad said continuous monitoring would be carried out to ensure the eradication of breeding grounds for aedes mosquitoes.  

He added that there were cases in which the victim had contracted the dengue virus in other states and had only developed the symptoms when they returned to Pahang.  

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