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June 30, 2009

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Illegal fogging danger
by Llew-Ann Phang
Having non-professionals on board will be
detrimental in the fight against dengue as
as opposed to the conventional
method of fogging which tends to
by Opalyn Mok

TOWN: Parti
Keadilan Rak-
yat (PKR) whip
Johari Kassim
(pic), who led a
chase mosquitoes,” Ang said. boycott of the
PETALING JAYA: About 80% of 84 over time, the mosquitoes build a resistance to A Pesticides Board official said there swearing-in of
fogging contractors registered in Se- the effects of the poisons administered.’ over 300 pesticide companies registered Mokhtar Mohd
langor should have been prosecuted with the board, and admitted that there Jait as Seberang
for operating without a licence from mostly comprising health directors. tend to “flee” and are repelled from are “many” illegal pesticides used. Perai Municipal
the Pesticides Board. Instead, they Ang inferred that some in the state one fogged area to another only to She said in the fight against den- Council (MPSP) president earlier
were given lucrative contracts with government had aided and abetted return when they again are fogged gue, the firms involved have to in- this month, has been sacked from
the authorities turning a blind eye to the unlicensed contractors, by giving in that particular area. form the board about the works to be his MPSP councillor post.
such illegal practices. excuses that they have licences to Over time, the mosquitoes build a carried out, the pesticide registered State executive council for local
The days of “instant fogging con- store and sell chemicals. resistance to the effects of the poisons with the board and the permit for the government and traffic manage-
tractors” will hopefully now come to “But they do not have the licence used. advertisement to inform the public ment Chow Kon Yeow said the state
an end. The state government and to administer these pesticides, that is, “Our main offensive is to create a on the fogging times. executive council made the decision
the 12 local councils will meet of- the pest control operator’s licence,” smoke screen with the circumventing Pest control companies without at its meeting last Friday and it was
ficials of the Pest Control Association Ang said. Anti-Spiral Fogging System which the necessary permits can be jailed effective from yesterday.
of Malaysia (PCAM) today to rectify In his letter to the state govern- creates a smoke trap, enveloping six months and fined RM1,000 for The decision was made in ac-
the situation. ment offering PCAM’s services, Ang from the perimeter of the targeted the first offence under the Pesticides cordance with Section 10 (4) of the
It is learnt many of these pesticide said the present mode of thermal fog- area and spiralling to the epicentre, Act 1974. Subsequent offences will Local Government Act 1976 which
companies received lucrative two- ging is constrained as the mosquitoes incur a year’s jail, a fine of RM2,000 stated that the councillor’s seat is
year contracts – each worth RM2 or both. to be vacated if his appointment
million – under the previous state EPAPIC
In 2007, the Subang Jaya
was revoked by the state authori-
administration. Municipal Council (MPSJ) came
ties or if he resigned from the post
under fire for trying to set up a
The PCAM is concerned that or if there was a conflict of interest
consortium of pest controllers
having non-professionals on that disqualified him from holding
not registered with PCAM or the
board will be detrimental in the Pesticides Board. The then MPSJ the post.
fight against dengue as over time, president, Datuk Md Arif Ab Chow said the decision rep-
the mosquitoes build a resistance Rahman, is today state financial resented a stern warning from
to the effects of the poisons ad- officer while the general man- the state government. “All other
ministered. ager of the consortium, Othman councillors should take note of
Its president, Ang Tan Loong, Omar, was recently appointed this action and know that the state
said the firms registered under general manager of state-owned government is serious.”
the Agriculture and Agro-based PKNS. Chow said no action will be
Industry Ministry’s Pesticides taken against the other PKR coun-
Board may not have received cillors who joined the boycott as
proper instructions on the dosages removing Johari served as “a good
required to overcome the resist- enough warning”.
ance that the Aedes mosquitoes GOODBYE, MJ ... He added that the decision was
have developed. A poster board containing reached by the state exco after
“The risks involved in hav- greetings from fans of the late discussions between Penang Chief
ing unregistered and unqualified Michael Jackson was on hand Minister Lim Guan Eng and state
contractors carrying out fogging is during a candlelight vigil in front PKR chairman Zahrain Mohamed
the lack of expertise in dosages in- of Hitsville, the Motown Records Hashim on the issue.
volved, and new methods to rid the Museum in Detroit, Michigan, in Johari will not be able to appeal
larvae,” Ang told theSun yesterday. the United States on Sunday. The against the decision as there are
He said PCAM has been invited pop star died in his rented Los no provisions for this under the
by the state government to draw up Angeles home last Thursday. Local Government Act.
strategies in today’s meeting with
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