malaysia public toilets Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the Launch of National Civic Education at the Seri Endon Hall, Puspanita Puri in Putrajaya. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 13 AUGUST 2019
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the Launch of National Civic Education at the Seri Endon Hall, Puspanita Puri in Putrajaya. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 13 AUGUST 2019

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

PUTRAJAYA – “The toilets in Malaysia are dirty and they stink,” Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confessed that he is ashamed of the condition of public toilets in Malaysia.

“We often complain about the public toilets. If we go to certain countries, their public toilets are very clean. Their toilets are clean become its users do not make them dirty. Why? They fell the responsibility to do that and they care about the public opinion on them.

“Therefore, they will take care of its cleanliness because they are clean and they will not do anything to dirty the toilets,” said Dr Mahathir during the Launch of National Civic Education today.

Also present at the launch was the Minister of Education, Dr Maszlee Malik and his Deputy, Teo Nie Ching.

The lack of civic consciousness reflects the true attitude of Malaysians.

According to him, if the people are not ashamed with this negative development, it reflects that we have low civic consciousness in our hearts.

“We think that nobody will know what we do. That is why we don’t have the civic responsibility in our hearts.

“We can even see trash now. Rubbish is all around us. Imagine when there are three million residents in the capital of Kuala Lumpur and they throw their cigarette butts every day, it will give a negative impact to the cleanliness of the city and its people. If these 3 million people throw their cigarette butts, within a short span of time, we will be living on the cigarette butts that we throw,” he added.

Civic education was re-introduced in Malaysian syllabus beginning June and it has been incorporated into Bahasa Melayu, English, Islamic Education, Moral Education and History. -MalaysiaGazette

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