Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Flies invade Johor Premium Outlets


JOHOR BARU: While Johor Premium Outlets (JPO) in Kulaijaya has been drawing thou­­sands of shoppers, with designer clothes and items flying off the shelves, the place has also been attracting some pesky visitors to its fine cafes – flies!

It is understood that the flies were coming from eight chicken farms near the JPO.
State Tourism and Domestic Trade Committee chairman Hoo Seong Chang said his colleague, state Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, had been tasked to meet the farm owners.

Shopper Khatijah Abdul Rahmon, 55, from Kuantan, said it was quite disturbing to have flies bothering her while she was eating.

Another shopper William Lim, 34, from Skudai, said: “It’s a nuisance to keep chasing away the flies while taking a meal.”

Engineer Antony Tan, 36, who was visiting the mall for the first time, mused:
 “Yes, they do have a slight problem with the flies. But I think flies can be seen in almost every eatery in the country,” he said.

The Johor Government, however, does not see it as a laughing matter.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman has directed state officials to resolve the problem fast – including talking to the chicken farm operators.

A JPO spokesman said the mall was fumigated every morning to tackle the fly problem.

The spokesman said the management was installing more electric fly traps in the building, especially within the food and beverage outlets.

A check by The Star found electric fly traps had been installed, while one food outlet had built a glass cover to keep the flies away.

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