Overflowing rubbish at Pasar Payang. (pix by SHAFIQ AMBAK)

The Kuala Terengganu City Council may have forgotten to replenish the rat poison or check the traps at Pasar Payang in Kuala Terengganu.

As a result, traders were complaining about rats scurrying around and eating dried food items at the market.

Mohd Afiq Firdaus said the council had yet to replace the poison placed at every corner of the complex, causing the rat population to grow.

“We have to fork out our own money to buy glue and rat poison to control the pest population, as some of us have to incur losses when our goods are eaten by rats.

“The pests know how to choose the best snacks from my booth, such as cashew nuts and preserved fruits.

“I have to buy poison to kill the pests at night. Sometimes, you see rats running around even during daytime,” he said.

A sundry trader, who declined to be named, said rat faeces were found in his cabinet everyday.

He said the market was the source of food for the pests, which explained why it was not easy to get rid of the rats.

“Due to the presence of rats, the population of stray cats is also on the rise as some traders dump their cats at the market to get rid of the rats. I wonder if this method works.

“As the market is popular among tourists, the presence of rats does not portray a good image of the state, especially during Visit Terengganu Year,” he said.

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Kuala Terengganu City Council Mayor Mohd Zulkifli Abu Bakar said mouse traps would be placed at the market soon as the traps were placed in other markets on a rotational basis.

He said the council had stopped placing rat poison for fear that it would be consumed by cats.

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