The residents of SS14 in Subang Jaya yesterday mooted the idea of implementing back lane fogging to battle against the threat of AEDES.
During the town hall meeting with Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh last night, the residents raised the idea as they believe back lanes, which mostly strewn with rubbish and wastage, run a greater risk to host potential AEDES mosquitoes.
Yeoh and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor for JKP zone 1 Loi Kheng Min welcomed the idea and promised to bring the matter to MPSJ.
(from left) Loi and Yeoh
Kitchen to be affected?
However, the downside of the fogging, if implemented by MPSJ, will make house kitchens widely exposed to chemical toxics contained in fogging such as Pyrethroid or permethrin.
Loi though assured that the problem can be easily resolved through using water-based fogging.
“Unlike oil fogging, water fogging won’t leave a diesel smell that sticks onto house appliances. But the cost would be slightly higher,” he said.
MPSJ: we do fog back lane
MPSJ’s Health Department director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin, when contacted, said MPSJ does fog front and back lanes.
“But the problem is that in gated communities, the back lanes are locked for which nobody knows where the key is. Hence, it has barred contractors from going in to fog,” he said.
Subang Jaya recorded 1450 cases of dengue fever in the first six months of 2010 with six fatal cases.
Roslan however stressed that every resident should do their part to clean up their house compounds weekly.
“In fact, larvae are often found within residents’ compounds,” he said.
No pedestrian bridge to SS13 yet
Meanwhile, the crowd also raised concerns regarding the growing population rats and cockroaches in their residential area; as a resident sarcastically described that “the rats have outnumbered the residents”.
It is believed that the two rows of shoplots at Jalan SS14/1 and Jalan SS14/2 are the major contributors for the high population of pests in the area.
In response, Yeoh said MPSJ has declared a three-month war on unhygienic food premises, in which the popular Asia Café was ordered to temporarily shut down operations on September 28 to make way for thorough cleaning.
On the overdue pedestrian bridge project that was supposed to connect SS14 and the two places of worship at SS13, Yeoh promised to continue pursuing the matter with the Public Work Department.
“They promised to build the bridge as a package with the concession of building the Subang-Kelana Jaya link. We shouldn’t let (them) go just like that,” she said.