IPOH: THREE abandoned houses in Taman Ridsha here are posing a problem for neighbours as they have become a breeding ground for snakes, monitor lizards and mosquitoes.
A resident who did not wish to be named said these houses at Persiaran Ridsha 3 have been abandoned for more than 10 years and have also become a rubbish dump.
"I have tried calling the owners many times, but I could not reach them," she said.
"I have lived here for 15 years, and it is hard to stay next to a house that has been abandoned for years."
She said she has had to hire contractors to clear out the creepers that reached her compound and covered the edges of the neighbouring house.
She added that she had sent a few letters of complaint to the Ipoh City Council (MBI), but the situation has remained the same.
"The MBI came once to trim the undergrowth, but within weeks, the plants grew back. If this continues, I'm afraid the abandoned houses may even turn into a drug addicts' den," she said.
"I hope immediate action will be taken by the authorities."
She also pointed out the thick undergrowth flourishing in the area where reptiles lurked.
"This is supposed to be a first-class residential area, but it seems that in our midst is a mini jungle with venomous predators giving the residents sleepless nights," she said, urging the authorities to take action against the owners.