KUDOS to Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) for getting rid of 60 abandoned cars last week (“MBSA cracks the whip”, StarMetro, Dec 24; online at bit.ly/star_cars).
A growing number of abandoned cars mars the country’s beautiful landscape. Most of them are without number plates and in deplorable condition. They are not only an eyesore but also provide breeding grounds for rats and disease-
carrying mosquitoes. And leaking engine oil and battery acid pose a public health risk.
According to the Road Transport Department, there are some 60,000 illegally dumped vehicles in townships and cities nationwide. It’s time all local authorities got rid of these vehicles from public sight.
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