Foreigners’ unhygienic ways irk apartment residents

cheras-ria-sampahKUALA LUMPUR: Throwing garbage all over the place and meeting in large groups is the norm for foreigners staying at the Cheras Ria Apartment here.

What’s more alarming is that some foreigners even throw trash directly from the upper floors of the building, much to the chagrin of the locals.

In addition to strewing rubbish on the stairs, the foreigners, believed to be mostly Rohingyas, also discard spoiled electrical devices, used betel leaves and liquor bottles along the pedestrian walkways, and make a lot of noise at night.

According to the residents, besides the hygiene problem, the influx of migrants, who often gather in droves during the evening, is also frightening, especially as cases involving vehicle theft and burglary have been on the rise.

Housewife Fatimah Mohd Mahidin, 54, said almost 50% of the residents at the Cheras Ria Apartment comprised foreigners from Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam.

She said the foreigners often gathered at the children’s playground in the evenings and littered the area, especially the drains, which caused blockages.

“Due to their unhygienic ways, our area has been blacklisted as ‘high risk’ for dengue fever, and more than 10 cases have been reported from January till now,” she told reporters here today.

Meanwhile, Kok Koei Lan, 65, expressed concern over her safety as well as that of other locals as the foreigners often threw garbage from the top floor of their apartment.

“There have been several occasions where glass bottles have fallen from the top floor when I was heading down to go to the market. And once, a plastic bottle fell on my head,” said the senior citizen.

S Karthikesu, a 56-year-old private sector worker said theft and burglary had also increased since the foreigners began settling there five years ago. He said that almost every week residents complained that their homes had been broken into.

Federal Territory MCA Women deputy chief Heng Sinn Yee said the party would get in touch with the Immigration Department, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Alam Flora and the police to take further action on the matter.

“The authorities need to patrol the area more often because we understand that it is rarely being done now due to its location, which is on the outskirts of the city.

“In addition, we also will help residents apply for additional street lights in the vicinity of the Cheras Ria Apartment and notify the Immigration Department to perform operations to curb illegal foreign residents living in the area,” she said.