KUALA LUMPUR: Catch rats and subsidise the RM124 rental for PPR low-cost flats.
This idea came from Deputy Federal Territories Minister Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh, Bernama reported.
He said 78,000 rats had been captured through the “1 rat for RM3” campaign organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) since 2012.
He said RM170,000 had been given to individuals who caught these rats.
He said during the first eight months of the year, 2,700 rats had been caught. City Hall has set a target of 50,000 rats for this year.
“I personally think that such a monetary reward can be changed to a better payment in the form of rebates for rental of homes,” he said at the opening of the 2018 Mega Gotong-Royong at the Seri Semarak Rakyat Housing Project (PPR) today.
Under the scheme, City Hall used to pay RM1 per rat but the rate was raised to RM3 in 2015.
Shahruddin drew attention to the fact that 64 cases of leptospirosis (caused by rat urine) had been recorded in Kuala Lumpur since Jan 1 this year. Last year, there were 160 cases.
Also present at the function were Setiawangsa Member of Parliament Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and the ministry’s secretary-general Adnan Md Ikhsan.