Those who do not keep their compounds clean may be fined up to RM50,000 or two years imprisonment or both as it could be a breeding ground for Aedes.
Executive Councillor for Health Dato’ Mah Hang Soon believed that this was a reasonable punishment in view of the rising cases of dengue in the state. According to him all parties have to work together to maintain the cleanliness of the areas around their residences, besides their own compounds.
“Health Minister Datuk Seri S.Subramaniam and I feel that this fine is not unreasonable in an effort to educate the public. Therefore, we’d like to encourage people to take the initiative to manage and keep their area clean, especially those which have been breeding grounds for mosquitoes all this while.”
Mah said this while making an inspection to Lorong Pari in Lim Garden recently, together with officers from the Perak State Health Department. Present was the department’s director, Dato’ Dr Nordiyanah Hassan. Mah hoped that property owners would clean up their respective areas, and also surrounding vacant lands. He reiterated that those who do not may be slapped with a heavy punishment according to the law.
“We hope they’ll bear this in mind. Land that is left uncared for will encourage others to turn it into an illegal rubbish dumping site. Besides dirtying the place, it will be a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes,” said Mah.