Residents upset over 20 years dumping problem

Such an eyesore: Kuan (left) pointing out the pestbreeding ground as Liew shows him a newspaper report on the problem at Azuria Condominium, Tanjung Bungah.

Residents of the Azuria Condominium in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, are crying foul that the authorities have failed to solve their problems which have persisted for over 20 years.

Condominium management council vice-president Liew Kwong Meng, 68, said an illegal dumpsite next to the building had turned into a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitoes, rats, snakes and monitor lizards.

“The empty space is now a storage for construction materials.

“We are frustrated by the lack of action from the authorities,” he said.

Resident Alice Kuan, 49, said some of the materials dumped there would block their only route in-and-out of their homes, especially during a downpour.

“This is ridiculous. We need to take care of the safety of our children,” she said.

Another resident Kuan Yew Aik, 45, said his daughter was recently admitted to hospital for dengue.

The residents said there had been at least 10 dengue cases reported there last year.

Lim Chong Hoe, the liaison officer of Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, said the open space belonged to the state.

“In February, Teh had emailed to several authorities to highlight this problem but so far, there had not been any action taken,” he said. - By The Star

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