Despite the various cleanliness campaigns, residents at blocks E1 and E2 of Teluk Indah flats in Prai, Penang continue with their old habit of throwing rubbish out their doors and down to the air wells.
With food waste spilled all over, the ground floor of the 21-storey blocks has become a haven for rats.
Penang Front Party (PFP) members who visited the flats found the area to be as filthy as it was in 2016, when it was dubbed as the dirtiest flats in Penang.
“It’s so smelly here. There are proper places to throw rubbish but the residents ignore them,” said PFP chairman Datuk Patrick Ooi.
PFP Youth president Jasper Ooi called on Prai assemblyman Dr P. Ramasamy to help residents make a change.
“He has to guide the people and enforce the laws. He cannot leave the people in this state,” he said.
Subramaniam noted that Dr Ramasamy should “use his authority” to help educate the residents.
He claimed that Dr Ramasamy nor his men had not visited the flats since September.
With this, Dr Ramasamy said PFP should “show us how to keep the place clean”.
“It’s easy to blame. Blame me if I didn’t do a thing but my team and I have helped the residents as best we can.”
He revealed that for the past few years, he had helped pay around RM1 million in electric bills of the flats. He had also arranged numerous cleanliness campaigns there.
He attributed the filthy state of the flats to the poor habits of the residents, who were mostly foreigners or from the low income group.
“Our long-term goal is to complete the process of getting strata titles for the flats,” he said.
“Once that is done, the flats will have higher values and the community mindset will change accordingly.”
Image sourced from The Star
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