Stop littering to prevent spread of dengue

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  • Friday, 08 Jan 2016

I READ with interest the reports on dengue fever, “It may get worse” (The Star, Jan 6). Surely the building sites are not the only problem. I see the main problem being stagnant water and rubbish in all the open drains and stormwater drains, waterways, as well as rubbish around high-rise dwellings.

As a frequent visitor to Malaysia over the past 20 years, I have seen this problem everywhere – Malacca, Penang, Langkawi, etc. Getting more people to clean up is not the solution; educating the public not to litter, starting at preschool, is the fix.

Every person born on this planet has an obligation to look after it so that the next generations can live in a clean and safe environment. Perhaps the different religious preachers could try to drum it into their congregation, as well as teachers to their students.


Casuarina, NT, Australia

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