"Disgrace To Mankind" - Malaysians Slam Irresponsible Driver Who Littered On The Road
An image of a car with some rubbish lying on the road has gone viral on social media
Facebook user You Ting Tan uploaded the image on her profile yesterday, 4 December claiming that the driver of the White Perodua Alza had thrown rubbish out of his vehicle.
"Disgrace to mankind, (sic) young man just threw a whole bag of rubbish out of his window and then finished up a bottle of drink to then throw it out. Unbelievable,” she wrote in the caption section.
The post has received more than 8,000 shares and 800 comments in less than 24 hours.
Local netizens have condemned the irresponsible driver's actions
The comments ranged from calling the driver in question "ignorant" and "uneducated" to urging the local council to take action against the culprit.
Prior to this incident, there was also another viral post about littering. A distraught Malaysian turned to social media after the authorities refused to take her complaint about a litterbug seriously.
In August, Meichin Teo took to Facebook to share her ordeal of lodging a report against an irresponsible driver she encountered who threw rubbish on the road.
However, much to her surprise, the officer in charge treated Teo like "she was a joke", downplayed the situation and refused to give her the Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ) contact details. She had made the police report at a police station near Old Klang Road.
According to Teo, the officer said that "no one has ever made a report about people littering".
She went on to make a report with MBPJ afterwards but once again, she was told that no one has ever made a report about people littering. She claimed that MBPJ reluctantly gave her the number and asked her to make a report via the channel provided
Littering has become a phenomenon in Malaysia. For years, the public can't seem to shake off this bad habit.
They are more concerned about keeping their own vehicles clean but at cost of the cleanliness of public areas.
Not only are these litterbugs obnoxious about keeping the streets clean but they are also ignorant about their actions which are endangering other road users, particularly the motorcyclists.
Why is it so difficult to penalise offenders although the law is already in place?
Back in 2014, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, who was the then City Director-General said it was difficult for Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to take action against offenders because they can easily escape.
"Indiscriminately dumping rubbish is an offence under Section 47 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974. I urge people not to do so or else you have to face the music," he was quoted as saying by Malay Mail Online.
It was reported that DBKL had issued 2,764 compounds from 1 January 2015 to 14 December 2015 for littering amounting to RM239,700.
What can be done to ensure that Malaysians care more for the environment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.