CSR program with Orang Asli community

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

During last week, Ridpest got the privilege to contribute our little help through our CSR program with Orang Asli community at the brand new unfurnished Homestay at Kg Orang Asli Ulu Gumum, Pekan, near Tasik Chini in expelling “The Silent Uninvited Guest”.

The primary objective is to combat termites which were aplenty under the pillars of the brand new house.

The brand new unfurnished homestay is a new project developed by the OA Organics community at Kg Orang Asli Ulu Gumum here.

Our Entomologist, Farah Checking on the live Termites moving along the pillar to the wooden flooring

Here’s main culprit, live termites

Active termite were found all along the wall and are eating the roof beam at one the Orang Asli House.

Ridpest Termite Specialist at work in mixing Imidacloprid Termiticides

Lim Wee Kwang, MD of Pestline Sdn BHD at work on the site, ensuring the correct mixture of the termiticides.

Ridpest Termite Specialist doing the trenching of Termiticides into the perimeter of the soil in forming a continuous barrier

Ridpest Termite Specialists at work mixing the Termiticides

Stephen Liu briefing on the termite work at the OA Homestay, Learning Centre, OA homes and Community Hall

En Kuyu, the Tok Penghulu giving the OA organic vegetable to Nur Farah, Ridpest Service Manager and Entomologist

Tok Penghulu give organic veggies to Julie Na, GM of Pestline, Entomologist

Tok Penghulu giving organic veggies to Mr. Lim, the MD of Pestline

Tok Penghulu giving organic veggies as a token appreciation to Stephen Liu

Enjoying the variety of Food especially the organic vegetables by our host and specially prepared by Orang Asli.

Helping society is always a noble thing to do. Through our experience in Kg Orang Asli Ulu Gumum, we realized that the biggest reward from helping the society is when the people we helped said thank you because they are living in a better condition and we can see the happiness on their faces.

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Cockroaches found on plane bound for Busan

From The Star Online

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/Asia News Network): Three cockroaches were discovered onboard a flight with Busan Air, one of South Korea’s low-cost carriers, alarming passengers and raising concerns about the plane’s hygiene standards.

The flight originated from Gimpo Airport and was en route to Gimhae Airport when the insects were found.

According to a passenger, a woman screamed after spotting a cockroach before takeoff. A flight attendant found her a new seat, but two more cockroaches were found during the flight.

Air Busan has confirmed that three cockroaches were found during the Gimhae-bound flight. The carrier underwent fumigation after all passengers got off.

It also called some passengers to offer its apologies.

But Air Busan said it was possible that the cockroaches may have entered the plane via a passenger’s luggage.

International flights must report the discovery of pests to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, but domestic flights are not required to do so. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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Keeping the mosquitoes away

Mosquitoes are a long standing problem for Malaysians, transmitting dengue fever or the zika virus. Here’s some ways to keep your family safe from these flying menaces.

Clear out standing water

Ensure that there’s no standing, or stagnant, water around. Anything that can collect water from toys to garbage in open cans to even bottle caps, can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If you have a swimming pool, make sure it is properly chlorinated and the filter working, so that mosquitoes will ignore it.

Make natural repellents

Some plants naturally keep mosquitoes away, but they usually don’t release the chemicals until they are cut or broken. Plants like citronella, rosemary, lavender, catnip and marigolds are some of them, so you can try chopping them up and putting them into small dishes around your home.

Repeatedly apply repellent

A lotion or spray (preferably environmentally friendly) is highly recommended as a way to dissuade mosquitoes. Lemon oil, lavender or eucalyptus are also options to use. Depending on the formula, your repellent effectiveness will wear out after a few hours, so you might have to keep applying it. Remember to apply on children too.

Cover/clean your feet

Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat and bacteria, and toes can be juicy targets.

Change the way you dress

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Avoid eating outdoors

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Spray the day before

If you are having an outdoor event, then spraying insecticide at the area of your event at least 24 hours prior is highly recommended.

Use a mosquito net

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A good guarantee or warranty is basically after sales service. A good pest control operator should be able to at least provide satisfaction to the clients or customers on their job. Always ensure the availability of guarantee or warranty and how to contact them if problems arise. Eventually, a good pest control operator would provide their clients or customers a peace of mind after the payment.

 

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Owner of roach – infested restaurant fined RM3,000

Source : Newswav

Magistrate Wong Chai Sia meted out the sentence on Milenium Jutamas Sdn Bhd, which manages the Boston Group Restaurant, after the company represented by its director Chang Chung Fei, 42, pleaded guilty. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — A restaurant was fined RM3,000 by the Magistrate’s Court today for failing to keep the food premises free from cockroaches.

Magistrate Wong Chai Sia meted out the sentence on Milenium Jutamas Sdn Bhd, which manages the Boston Group Restaurant, after the company represented by its director Chang Chung Fei, 42, pleaded guilty.

The company was charged with failing to keep the premises free from the pest at Viva Home, Jalan Loke Yew here at 12.30pm on June 21, last year.

The charge, under Regulation 11(1)(a), read together with Regulation 16(1) of the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009, punishable under Regulation 11(2) of the same regulations, provides for a maximum fine of RM10,000 or up to two years imprisonment upon conviction.

Prosecuting Officer from the Cheras Health Office Humaam Ab Rahim prosecuted while Chang was unrepresented. — Bernama

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Two Restaurants Shut Down by DBKL for Rat Dropping and Dirty Premise

Source: World Of Buzz

                                                                                          Image Source: The Star & Open Rice

After the Raj’s Banana Leaf incident, the Kuala Lumpur City Council (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, DBKL) has been on a mission to hunt down KL eateries that violate the health law.

After a series of restaurant shutdowns, DBKL recently shut down two more eateries – Restaurant TKS and Banh Mi Bread – in Jalan Alor due to their dirty environment, according to The Star.

FYI, rat droppings were even found in one of the eateries. Ewww!

          Image Source: Open Rice

These eateries have violated a law under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 and were given a closure notice, which was effective yesterday (27 June 2018).

To resume their normal operations, the restauranteurs must first clean up their premises. However, reopening is only permitted after DBKL officers find their level of cleanliness satisfactory during their subsequent checks. 

        Image Source: The Star

FYI, they weren’t the only restaurants that violated the law!

It was further revealed that a total of 21 fines were issued during DBKL’s inspection rounds that were conducted by 40 officers in 36 restaurants along Jalan Alor.

Some of the major offences committed by restaurants along Jalan Alor were:

  • Not properly connecting the grease trap to the sink
  • Not wearing an apron or hat (or a hair net) when handling food

That’s not very hygienic! 


Image Source: Kuaby

DBKL Health and Environment Department deputy director Chandrakant Patel shared that restaurants operating at night were also inspected during their rounds.

He was quoted as saying,

“We have a large-scale night inspection monthly and our officers from different constituencies have frequent checks in their area.”

“They will also act on complaints of dirty eateries by doing ad hoc inspections in their respective areas.”

  Image Source: Kuaby

He also advised the owners of the restaurants to be around during upcoming inspections because DBKL officers often find it hard to communicate with their foreign workers. It’s probably because of the language barrier! 

Hygiene is extremely important in F&B. Restaurant owners should really be extra cautious and put in more effort to keep their eateries clean at all times. After all, no one wants their business to be shut down, right? 

 

 

Three PJ restaurants ordered to close

Source : The Star

 

TWO popular banana leaf restaurants and a Chinese kopitiam in Seksyen 5 Petaling Jaya were ordered to close operations by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) health officers over cleanliness issues.

The three eateries – Restoran Gasing, Raju’s restaurant and Sri Paandi restaurant –  are all located in one same row along Jalan Chantek 5/13.
These closures follow the crackdown on dirty eateries in the Klang Valley with the first being Raj’s Banana Leaf restaurant last week in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

During the raid, officers found rat droppings and cockroaches inside cupboards, on the floor and even in one of the refrigerators.

Another violation was the absence of grease trap resulting in oil and grime flowing directly into drains behind the eateries.

One of the three restaurants was also fined for using the back lane to wash dishes and cooking. Waste water was also dumped into the drain.

“A total of 12 compounds were issued today and the restaurants will remain closed until the restaurant owners address all the violations and after MBPJ is satisfied with the cleanliness of the place,” said MBPJ councillor Sean Oon, who headed the raid.

MBPJ has checked on about 250 eateries in the city and has closed down 59 dirty eateries since January this year.