GUA MUSANG: The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) will organise a large-scale gotong-royong to clean up the settlement of the Bateq community in Kampung Kuala Koh.
Kelantan/Terengganu Jakoa director Hashim Alang Abdul Hamid said the gotong-royong would be held as soon as the settlement was no longer in the red zone and free of pneumonia infection.
He said the department has been organising various activities to restore the condition of the settlement so that it would be cleaner and stop the spread of the disease that affected the community, causing them to relocate.
“We are inviting NGOs and other voluntary bodies to participate in the gotong-royong to create a clean living environment for the Bateq community,” he said, adding that the gotong-royong involved 33 homes including 16 houses built by Jakoa under the Housing Assistance Programme, 12 bamboo houses and five wooden houses.
He said the programme was a step towards maintaining the cleanliness and health of those affected by the lung infection outbreak last month.
The outbreak claimed 15 lives, including two-and-a-half-year-old Nasri Rosli, who died at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, and infected 112 others from the same village who are still receiving treatment at the Aring 1 Clinic, Chiku 3 Health Clinic and Gua Musang Hospital (HGM). All patients are reportedly to be in stable condition.
Hisham Alang said he was informed that the search for the graves of 12 Bateq people ended after all bodies were found and sent to the HGM for post-mortem.
“We will wait for the results to find out the cause of the outbreak and the area to be cleared of the red zone status before we take the next step,” he said.
His office will continue to monitor conditions in Kampung Kuala Koh so that the lives of the people will not be disrupted and they will not have to relocate. — Bernama