Clean up vacant house, MBSA
19/01/2007 The Star
A HOUSE in Jalan Polo Air, Section 13/57 Shah Alam, has not been occupied
for more than two years.
The compound of this vacant lot has become a mini jungle with overgrown
trees and grass. On two occasions recently, snakes entered my house which is
located three doors away from the abandoned unit.
The two snakes were small cobras and I managed to kill one while the other
The presence of these small cobras is certainly a cause for concern as this
shows snakes are breeding at the abandoned unit.
Apart from being an eyesore, it is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
I sent an e-mail to the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) over a month ago about
the mosquito menace at the abandoned unit but so far no action has been
A staff from MBSA said the council could not take action if the house was
vacant as it cannot enter the house without the owner’s permission.
If the house has not been occupied for more than two years, does this mean
the council will just let the grass and the trees grow taller and bigger and
let the compound become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and snakes? For the
safety of the residents living nearby, MBSA should take action against the
If the owner is not found, the council has to step in to clear the
overgrowth instead of turning a blind eye and giving excuses.
I understand that under the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171), the
provisions under Section 74,75 and 76 empower the local government to take
action if an abandoned unit becomes a nuisance to its neighbours.
Please do something before a life is lost.