A hundred mouse traps were distributed to eateries in Old Town by Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim recently. This was part of a rodent control campaign organised in conjunction with the nationwide Gotong-Royong Perdana 1 Malaysia Programme. The national programme kicked off at the Menggatal wet market in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, while at the state-level, it was concurrently launched in Ipoh and Taiping.
As part of the council’s Community Service Responsibility initiative, Kinta Heights and its surrounding areas were selected for this gotong-royong and rodent control activity on the morning of Saturday, August 24. The council’s initiative was supported by representatives from the local Rukun Tetangga, Perak Drainage and Irrigation Department, Kinta District Health Office, Fire and Rescue Department, non-governmental organisations, residents and volunteers.
Roshidi expressed his anger and disappointment that despite repeated reminders throughout his term as mayor to keep Ipoh clean, it is still not as clean as it used to be. “I’ll no longer compromise on cleanliness. Kinta Heights residents caught littering will be evicted from their flats, and those who tip off the council will enjoy a month’s free rental.”
He continued, “I have done my best as mayor, but it is the public’s attitude towards cleanliness that needs changing. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the area clean.”
Ipoh City Council has been running rodent control programmes since December 2011. This year, a special allocation of RM31,092 has been approved for this project.
Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to the Leptospira bacteria, transmitted to humans through water contaminated with animal urine. Rodents are one of the primary hosts of the bacteria. For the first seven months of this year, there were 277 reported cases of Leptospirosis in Perak, with one death.