Bedok Mall steps up rodent checks after video shows rat scurrying among shoppers

Facebook user William Lim on Oct 18,  claimed to have seen two rats falling from the air-conditioning duct in the ceiling.
Facebook user William Lim on Oct 18, claimed to have seen two rats falling from the air-conditioning duct in the ceiling.PHOTO: WILLIAM LIM/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The management of Bedok Mall has stepped up cleaning at the shopping centre since a video of a rat limping near its food outlets was posted online.

The 32-second clip was put on Facebook by William Lim on Oct 18, who claimed to have seen two rats falling from the air-conditioning duct in the ceiling. He added that one rodent "broke its leg" while another scurried into a shop.

The video has been shared more than 5,000 times. The incident happened in basement two of the shopping centre, where eateries are located.

Bedok Mall's management told The Straits Times on Wednesday (Oct 28) that a pest control company was called in immediately and the rats were caught the next day.

The mall's general manager Mustafa Abdul Rahim said: "We laid more traps as a preventive measure and continue to monitor the area closely. No rodent activity has been detected since."

The mall now conducts pest control checks daily instead of weekly.

Some shoppers who had seen the clip said they might think twice about visiting the mall. Housewife Angel Peng, 38, said: "I could feel my hair standing when I watched the video."

Others were less disturbed. School administrator Chan Fong Meng, 57, said: "This shouldn't have happened but as long as the mall figures out where the problem lies and cleans the place thoroughly... it's not really a big issue."

In January, a dead rat was found in a salted vegetable dish at a buffet restaurant in Marina Square. The following month, a baby rat fell from the false ceiling in the same mall. The mall stepped up pest control checks and put up glue traps, resulting in a marked improvement in the rat situation.