THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) has been urged to tackle the clogged drains and overgrown grass at several areas in Permatang Tinggi near Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Penang MCA public services and complaints bureau chief Gui Guat Lye said that following complaints from the residents, they went to check and found clogged drains and thick undergrowth along the drains in Jalan Gereja and Jalan Baru.
“I call upon MPSP to look into the problem.
“Rubbish is causing the water to stagnate in the drains and this can cause flash floods during heavy rain,” said Gui, who is also the Bukit Mertajam MCA vice-chairman, during a site visit on Sunday.
He said the clogged drains could also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, rodents and monitor lizards.
Permatang Tinggi JKKKP chairman Ong Chin Keat said more than 10 dengue cases were reported in the area in 2017.
“We are worried that if the drains are clogged, dengue cases will rise,” he said.
JKKKP committee member Ong Theng Soon urged MPSP to clean up the area immediately.
“Within a few minutes of our arrival, mosquitoes started biting us.
“Imagine the hassle faced by the people staying here,” he added.
Chew Kheng Seng, 83, a resident in Jalan Baru, said he had been staying there since 1952.
“There were no dengue cases in the past but now, there are a lot,” he said, adding that MPSP workers clean the drains and cut the grass only once in a while.