Let’s put in more effort

  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Jan 2016

Kill the scourge: A worker fogging the area at a MRT construction site in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: Residents associations are urging local councils to step up efforts to combat the dengue outbreak in the country.

Bukit Gasing Section 5 residents association president Mohamed Rafiq Fazal Din said it wanted the Petaling Jaya City Council to start destroying mosquito breeding grounds.

He said it already gave a list of places to the council, but “it is six months now and no one has attended to it”.

The places included abandoned houses, stagnant monsoon drains, as well as old and unused septic tanks.

Mohamed Rafiq claimed he was given the runaround whenever he called the council to follow up on the matter concerning the disease.

“They just keep passing the buck. On the septic tanks, they tell me it’s an engineering matter and pass me to another department,” he said.

He wants the council to be more vigilant, especially when it comes to abandoned houses.

He said the council should force the owner to clean up, or clean the premises and then bill the owner.

“Public health is at stake, yet there is no urgency,” he complained, adding that it was no wonder Selangor has the highest number of dengue cases in the country.

Section 6 residents association chairman Rajesh Mansukhlal also took the council to task.

“They are dragging their feet. They have the power to act but don’t seem to want to,” he said.

He said there were many abandoned houses in Section 6 and 5 that were likely breeding grounds for mosquitoes, but the council only issues warning notices to the owners.

A resident who lives in Kubah, Bukit Jelutong, said there have been 84 dengue cases in his neighbourhood since November last year.

This is compared to just one case in Adang and five in Serambi, both nearby areas, said the resident who declined to be named.

He said the Selangor Health Department has just issued a stop-work order to a construction site in the area.

“We are not blaming anyone, we just want the authorities to find the source of the outbreak,” he said.

The resident said many in the neighbourhood were willing to work with the Shah Alam City Council to fight dengue.

“We have already organised gotong-royong clean-up activities on our own,” he added.

Shah Alam’s Taman Sri Muda Zone A residents association chairman T. Mogan said their headache was over abandoned cars in the areas near several workshops.

He said that two years ago, the council ordered the workshop owners to remove the rusting hulks.

“But now they are back since the council has not been checking up on them,” he said.

He said the association has lodged a report with the council, “but no response, so far”.

Mogan also complained that uncaring residents have turned parts of roads and backlanes into rubbish dumps, adding to the problem of mosquito breeding grounds.

He said the council collected the refuse from households three times a week, yet this problem persists.

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