The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Health department came down hard on five workshops in Jalan Segambut, Segambut for allowing their places to become Aedes mosquito breeding grounds.
The operation involved 42 officers from the department along with the licensing department
With the high number of dengue cases in the area, the operation was to educate the owners to keep their workshops clean.
A total of 13 compounds were issued, seven were for breeding mosquitoes under the Destruction of Disease Bearing Insects Act 1975 at RM500 per compound, four for operating without licence at RM250 per compound, one for unlicenced signage at RM250 per compound and another under the local government act 1976 for unhygienic premises at RM500.
The compounds come to RM5,250 in total.
Health department director Dr Sallehudin Abu Bakar said through the operation they planned to curb rising cases of dengue in Segambut this year.
Last year the constituency recorded several cases at Jalan Duta Government Quarters (40 cases), Taman Sri Sinar (10 cases), Kampung Segambut Dalam (15 cases) and Taman SPPK Segambut (nine cases).
Sallehudin said so far no cases have been recorded this year.
“The primary objective of the operation is to educate and ensure these operators follow the rules. In addition to the compound we also distributed some 50 packets of insecticide to kill the mosquito larvae,” he said.
One of the operators, Yap Kok Soon, 49, said this was the first time he was fined for the offence.
Mosquitoes and larvae were found in several spots including the insides of old tyres at his workshop that services buses.
Yap who appeared rather taken aback said he would clean up the area as soon as possible.
“It is hard to clean up every spot in the area. The tyres are to be transported by a recycling company that makes tyres for bicycles and toy cars,” he said.
Yap added his workshop has been around since 1998 and he has some 30 workers.
His business is registered with the Registrar of Companies but he does not have a licence to operate.
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