BUCK UP, PLEASE: Taman Makmur residents in Sungai Siput claim that Kuala Kangsar council has not been maintaining the drains in their housing area
KUALA KANGSAR: RESIDENTS in the Taman Makmur housing area in Sungai Siput here are unhappy with the poor maintenance of the drains at the back of their houses.
They claim that the drains are often clogged and that complaints to the Kuala Kangsar City Council (KKCC) have not been successful.
M. Ragenathan said he has been sending letters to the council over the problem but nothing has been done so far.
The authorities, he said, should be more proactive.
"We have been paying our assessment rates at the beginning of each year," he said. "But we are not getting the service from the council."
The 46-year-old general worker also added that he was admitted to a hospital for dengue fever last November.
"The stench from the dirty water in the drain is unbearable," Ragenathan said.
Another resident, who only wanted to be known as Lim, pointed out that the drains are beginning to be overwhelmed by weed growth.
"Most of the residents here are busy with work or household chores," he said. "We do not have the time to clean up the area ourselves."
A check by the Northern Streets team revealed the drains were filled with garbage and weeds.
Lim said that when it rains, water overflows into the houses in the area.
"I have also seen monitor lizards coming out of the drains several times," he said. "Once a dog was rumoured to have been killed by a monitor lizard."
Lim urged the authorities to clear the monsoon drains immediately.