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Ambalam (not her real name) fears leptospirosis might be thriving in Taman Kok Lian, Jalan Ipoh, in Kuala Lumpur.

She said residents, particularly along Jalan Batu Batan, claimed the rat population was growing.

“There seems to be a colony of rats thriving in the rubbish dump in the back lane, near a row of shophouses.

“The presence of rats is also evident in the many foodstalls in front of the shophouses along Jalan Ambar.

“The carcasses of rotting rats run over by vehicles are a common sight, and they emit quite a stench,” she added.

She said City Hall did manage to rid the neighbourhood at Batu 5, Jalan Ipoh of rats and felt its expertise was needed again.


Kuala Lumpur City Hall Health and Environment Department director Dr Hayati Abdullah said its pest control unit had used poison to control the rat population on Feb 1.

She said 6kg of rat poison called Tikumin 1000 was put in the lanes, burrows and rat holes in the area.

“The follow-up to the visit was done two days later, on Feb 3, where the carcasses of 32 rats were collected and destroyed.

“Rat control operations will be done every two months,” she added.

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