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A BIT OF RUBBISH

Monday, September 13, 2004

One evening last week, while waiting with fellow parents at the Assunta Secondary School bus stop, I saw something that gladdened my calloused heart.

A toddler with a piece of cellophane wrapper held high over her head was toddling unsteadily towards a dustbin. Her mother followed close behind, encouraging her every step of the way. When the toddler dropped the cellophane wrapper into the dustbin, the mother gave her a big hug.

Regretfully, not all Malaysians have mothers like that. These are the people that littered the nation. They mistook everything for a rubbish bin. They threw wrappers and soda cans in lifts (elevators), unfriendly mail on the sidewalk outside their letter boxes, newspapers and plastic stuffs in public parks and unwanted babies behind suraus.

There are laws against littering but I have yet to read about any litterbug being caught and punished.

Littering is not limited to any particular stratum of society. Maybe on the upper level the quality of the litter is better. The wrappers are those of Ferrero Roche instead of something endorsed by Mat Sentul. But when I was on the highway, I have personally seen Mengelembu Groundnuts packets being thrown out of late model Mercedes as well as very early Ford Escorts.

Talking about highways, remember the "IKUT KIRI JIKA TIDAK MEMOTONG" (Literally: Keep left if not cutting) signs? Rubber tappers and tok mudins (circumcisers) plan to protest that sign. They have to keep left all the time when they are on the way to work.

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5 CommentsOldStyle:
  • Yes... civil responsibility does not rank high amongst the 'values we should teach our young' in Malaysia. But again, I think it is a phase in society... everyone is too busy 'cari makan' that it's still a very 'dog eat dog' world and other values are being forsaken. But I reckon we're getting back on track soon-ish... insyaallah.

    By Blogger DaisyBoo Blacksheep, at 6:44 AM  
  • that is why I have kids: so that I can feed a.k.a brainwash them with values I believe in ;)
    tee hee hee.

    By Blogger elisataufik, at 8:27 AM  
  • I know exactly how you feel. There was once, we were behind this latest cheek looking mercedes benz on the highway going back to Penang.... they threw rambutan skins on the highway as they were eating them!! When we stopped at one of the R&R, they were there too -- I thought -- those gucci heels, guess kids attire does not mean a thing when you are litter bugs.

    By Blogger Hazel, at 1:03 PM  
  • I wonder what the litterbugs would think if we decided to throw out our trash on their front lawn. Then again, people that just dispose of their trash any old place might enjoy that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:28 PM  
  • and people throw rubbish in the recycling box which really irked me - diapers, food leftover etc. there's one box at the lobby of my office meant for phone battery recycling, but many times I saw 'sampah' inside it. then it was emptied and tehn I saw the "sampah" again. I'd been thinking of taking picture of it but still haven't got round to it.

    By Blogger Nectar, at 3:57 PM  
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