Update: Rat-catching operations began in Bukit Batok on Thursday morning, The Straits Times reported, after a Facebook video of rats running wild went viral. Pest control officers were seen climbing up the side of the hill to inspect rat burrows at the top.
SINGAPORE - First it was 10 rats, then 20 on another day, then one night, commuter Madam Lin spotted more than 30 rats scurrying about the grass patch next to the Bukit Batok MRT station.
Madam Lin, 48, a technician, called Lianhe Wanbao's hotline about the rat infestation last Wednesday. She told the Chinese evening daily about witnessing rats scurrying up and down the grassy slopes beside the station daily for about a month.
She is not the only one. The Straits Times reported today (Dec 17) that another Bukit Batok resident, Mr Ryan Keith Smith, complained about the situation on his Facebook page.
Mr Smith uploaded pictures and a video of the rats on Dec 16.
The harrowing video shows rats running wild in broad daylight.
According to The Straits Times and a screengrab in one of his comments on the page, Mr Smith e-mailed photos of the rats to town council authorities, the National Environment Agency as well as several MPs who serve in the constituency.
In the Facebook post showing the colony of rats, he wrote: "Imagine these rats nightly intrusion into all the eateries and supermarkets in the vicinity in order to survive and procreate.
"Our Government would be really proud if these are part of our population headcounts to 6.9 million and counting... Am sure Hong Kah North Town Council needs the help of Pied Piper."
According to Wanbao last week, the grassy slopes have become a "rats' playground", with residents saying the situation has worsened in recent days.