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  • Cause For Worry In Section 12 Petaling Jaya
    Photos by HAN TAK KONG and RICKY LAI.

    Almost 8%: Out of 600 houses in Section 12, 46 have been abandoned.

    RESIDENTS of Section 12, Petaling Jaya want the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to clean up the premises at abandoned houses following an increase in the number of dengue cases in the area, including fatalities.

    Based on the council’s statistics, there have been 30 dengue cases in Section 12.

    Kim Yap, whose 80-year-old father died on Oct 10 due to dengue, said the spread of dengue in the area was due to the large number of abandoned houses.

    Out of 600 houses in Section 12, 46 have been abandoned.

    The 49-year-old housewife said her father lived just behind an abandoned house which she claims had been left empty for about a year.

    “I hope the council will look into this as the abandoned houses have become an ideal breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes and are endangering the lives of residents here.

    “Fogging is pointless if the breeding grounds are not cleared,” she said when met at the abandoned house in Jalan 12/17a.

    She said she had tried contacting the owner a week ago.

    “He said he would look into it soon but no action has been taken so far,” she said.

    When contacted, the owner of the abandoned house, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was looking for tenants.

    “Also, every two months a gardener cuts the grass and cleans the compound,” he said, adding that his property was not neglected and was not a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

    When contacted, Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said 30 dengue cases had been reported in Section 12.

    “This is a wake-up call for MBPJ to look into this issue seriously as dengue can cause death.

    “Other than issuing summonses to occupants of houses that have become mosquito breeding grounds, they need to clean the grounds to prevent more mosquitoes from breeding,” he said.

    He said he had written to the Land and Mines Department to address the issue of abandoned houses.

    “The state government can seize the properties and auction them.

    “If not, they may be left in disrepair forever,” he said, adding such structures pose a health risk to nearby residents as pests such as mosquitoes, rats and snakes breed in such houses.

    Potential danger: Kim (left) lost her 80-year-old father to dengue. Narayanan (right) have proposed additional funding to be provided for MBPJ to clean such houses.

    Section 12 Residents Association president Datuk A. Narayanan said they had proposed additional funding be provided for MBPJ to clean such houses.

    Another resident, Harith Merican, 63, said he was worried about the safety of his family.

    “My next door neighbour died of dengue while the neighbour on my right also had dengue. I’m afraid that my family will be next,” he said.

    It was reported on Oct 14 that MBPJ Health and Environment Department (Public Health) I deputy director Dr Abdul Ghalib Sulaiman had cited several areas in Petaling Jaya which were of concern.

    They include Desa Mentari which had 100 dengue cases, 24 cases in Section 12 and 16 in Section 1, Taman Carey.