Last Tuesday at Clementi hawker centre, a rats nest with 10 baby rats was found perched on top of an exhaust pipe located directly above a hawker stall.
The nest was pieced together using paper scraps and shredded plastic bags and had about 10 rat-lings when discovered by the stall owner. Upon the discovery, the hawker immediately disposed of the rats nest and did a thorough cleaning of the stall. .
Based on the accords provided by Mr Patrick Sze, Chairman of the Clementi Centre Market Hawkers’ Association, rats began to emerge only after renovations at a nearby coffee shop started. Since then many rat burrows were found in the grassy patch just situated behind the hawker centre and is believed to be the main rat’s nest.
The hawker centre is working with NEA and the West Coast Town Council to exterminate the rats.
Even though the problem has been discovered, why did West Coast Town Council not take early pre-emptive action to cleanse the hawker centre and its surroundings? Why did NEA and BCA not enforce strict rules to prevent the breeding of rats at the coffee shop undergoing renovations?
How much are Singaporean taxpayers going to pay for the rat infestation this time round?