KEPALA BATAS, July 6:
The Penang government needs to carry out regular monitoring and inspection of the pig farms in Kampung Selamat, Tasek Gelugor, near here, to ensure cleanliness is observed at the piggeries at all times.
State deputy Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Reezal Merican said regular checks on the pig farming methods, sewage disposal and drainage system at the farms were important to see that the operators adhered to the conditions set.
He also urged the state government to consider relocating the pig farms to areas far from human settlements to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as the Japanese Encephalitis (JE).
Reezal, who is also Kapala Batas Member of Parliament, said pig farms located near housing areas created problems for residents such as stench, water pollution and clogged drains due to poor management of sewage and animal waste disposal.
“Kampung Selamat is in my parliamentary constituency and the issue of pollution and foul smell from the pig farms is not new, but a source of public complaints for a long time.“The complaints don’t come just from the Malays, but the other communities as well. It is a common issue and not only one community.
“So, I hope the state government will take action,” he told reporters here today.
Last Wednesday, Norain Nasuha Shukri, aged two years and five months, was confirmed to be infected by JE virus after a blood test was done on the girl on June 24. She stays at Kampung Bagan Jermal, which is 15km from Kampung Selamat, where boy is down with JE.
This was the second JE case after that of a Year Six pupil of SK Kampung Selamat, Tasek Gelugor. Muhammad Ammar Muqnish Zulkiffli, 12. He is being treated at a private hospital in Bayan Lepas.
Last Friday, Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Azmie Zakaria said all 181 blood samples taken from 20 piggeries in Kampung Selamat proved to be negative for the JE virus.
So far, 17 JE cases, including four deaths, have been reported in the country this year.