Rat seen at Marina Bay Link Mall

There has been more than one rat sighting at Marina Bay Link Mall. NEA found dried rat droppings in the false ceilings of a restaurant and common area of the mall during an inspection last Wednesday.
There has been more than one rat sighting at Marina Bay Link Mall. NEA found dried rat droppings in the false ceilings of a restaurant and common area of the mall during an inspection last Wednesday.PHOTO: COURTESY OF MR WONG

NEA to take action against parties concerned after rat droppings found in restaurant ceiling

Marina Bay Link Mall, part of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, is the latest mall to have rat issues.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said it will be taking action against the parties concerned after finding dried rat droppings in the false ceilings of a food outlet and common area of the mall during an inspection. The restaurant is understood to be Absolute Thai. A staff member of the restaurant said pest control treatment had been stepped up and that there had not been any recent rat activity.

A spokesman said NEA conducted the inspection last Wednesday within the Marina Bay Link Mall premises where a rat was sighted, the immediate common areas of the retail mall, as well as surrounding perimeter areas of Towers 1, 2 and 3.

Despite the rat droppings, no live rats or nests were found, she said.

The mall, opened in 2010, gives access to upscale homes in The Sail, Marina Bay Suites and Marina Bay Residences.

RAT-BUSTING MEASURES

Following the incident, an intensified pest control flushing programme has been put in place and inspections have been increased. 

SPOKESMAN FOR RAFFLES QUAY ASSET MANAGEMENT, which manages Marina Bay Link Mall.

Hairdresser Kean Pang, 36, who works in a salon in the mall, said a rat once ran into the salon. He and his colleagues chased it out and informed the management, he said.

Part-time waiter Chan Junwei, 18, said he saw a rat about two weeks ago. "I was walking towards the toilet and it fell from the ceiling right in front of me and ran away," he said.

A spokesman for Raffles Quay Asset Management, which manages the mall, said: "A rodent was sighted at the entrance of Marina Bay Link Mall about two weeks ago.

"Following the incident, an intensified pest control flushing programme has been put in place and inspections have been increased."

NEA said the mall management and food shop operators have been advised to ensure proper food storage, housekeeping and waste management, and to seal potential rat entry points in the false ceilings. The agency is monitoring the situation, a spokesman said.

NEA will also be taking action against a food shop which had a refuse bin found uncovered, she added. It is understood that the shop is BreadTalk.

 

The rat sighting at the mall comes shortly after a Facebook user uploaded photos and a video of a rat in the bread section of the FairPrice outlet in Kang Kar Mall next to Hougang Mall last month.

On June 2, NEA said it will be taking action against the supermarket operator and the management of Hougang Mall, which manages an external area where five new burrows were detected.

About 6,700 complaints about rats were received by NEA last year, up from around 4,000 in 2014.

Food outlet inspections rose from around 140,000 in 2014 to about 148,000 last year, while enforcement actions were taken against over 200 owners, up from 80.


Correction note: This story has been updated for clarity.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2016, with the headline 'Rat seen at Marina Bay Link Mall'. Print Edition | Subscribe