Perak Health, Consumer Affairs, Civil Community, National Integration and Human Resources Committee chairman A. Sivanesan
IPOH, July 12 (Bernama) -- A Perak state exco has urged the authorities to relocate a rat infested Tamil school for fear its pupils and teachers may contract leptospirosis (rat urine disease).
Perak Health, Consumer Affairs, Civil Community, National Integration and Human Resources Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said he feared for the 60 students and ten teachers at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (T) Kampung Columbia, Ayer Tawar in Manjung, after an inspection by the state Health Department on July 5th found the school serving as a breeding ground for rats.
He said based on the report he received from the inspection, the department had found rat bite marks, traces of rat faeces and urine smell around the school area as well as ten rat holes in the storeroom, pantry and computer classes at the school.
"The location and building is not suitable for a school as the area is surrounded by oil palm trees and shrubbery which provide an ideal breeding ground for rats.
"It is feared that the number of rats will continue to increase and the school needs to be moved to a more suitable place as soon as possible," he said at a press conference at the Perak Darul Ridzuan Building here today.....