Clogged drain.

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the City Council of Penang (MBPP) and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) to increase efforts in cleaning up drains in Penang to prevent the spread of diseases.

CAP’s recent survey at various locations found many clogged drains. They have not been cleaned and were also covered with grease. Waste thrown in the drains clogged them up and produced foul smell. The dry season made the situation worse.

Clogged drain.

Foul smelling drains give a bad image to Penang which is a prominent tourism destination and more importantly, also poses a health hazard to the residents, as dirty drains attract rodents, cockroaches, and mosquitoes. The Penang Health Department recently said there had been increase in dengue cases.

The City Council of Penang (MBPP) and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) should act proactively and not wait for complaints to be made.

Covered drains clogged.

The drainage in Penang should also be improved to meet the increased density of population in many areas. The increase in the number of housing projects across the state has also contributed to the floods, as the drains in some areas are too small and narrow and cannot catch the flow of rainwater.

During heavy rainfall, blocked drains can lead to widespread flooding, causing water damage, travel disruptions, and unpleasant smells from the back-up of sewage and waste-water.



Mohideen Abdul Kader
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)

Press Statements, 20 April 2024