Ipoh council to take legal action against retired teacher who's a hoarder

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin (second from right) checking on the adherence of SOP at an eatery in Greentown, Ipoh. -Starpic

IPOH: Legal action will be taken against a retired teacher who hoards rubbish and recyclables at her home in Taman Bersatu, Simpang Pulai, says Ipoh City Council.

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the court case against the 63-year-old woman was in progress.

"We have received about 10 complaints on the issue since 2017. The individual is a bit problematic.

"We've also issued six disturbance notices and a compound but she still defies us," Rumaizi told reporters after visiting two eateries to check if they were observing Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) in Greentown here on Tuesday (Oct 7).

"After consulting with our legal advisor, we decided to take legal actions against the individual," he added.

It has been reported that the woman's house was filled with so much garbage that it had started spilling onto the road.

Rumaizi said the city council would continue with operations to clear away garbage outside of the woman's house.

"Garbage that is on her property, we cannot do anything unless we get a court order.

"For those outside, we will continue with our clean-up works," he said.

On Covid-19, Rumaizi said Ipoh was still safe to visit despite the spike in cases.

He said they expected fewer visitors to the city.

"I understand that people will feel worried and anxious but we assure you that everything is under control here.

"Eateries here adhere strictly to the SOP, and conduct sanitisation works after each customer," he said.

"We will also continue to beef up our enforcement efforts to ensure the SOP is followed," he added.

Rumaizi said as of Oct 6, the city council had conducted checks on 395 restaurants and cafes frequented by people, and found that some 90% complied with the SOP.

"Some 352 premises were found to adhere to the SOP while the remaining 43 have been warned," he said.

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