There have been a lot of articles on illegal dumpsites in MetroPerak of late. Kudos to the newspapers for highlighting it. But what does this tell us?
Is it because the Ipoh City Council is not doing its job or do people no longer care for the cleanliness of the environment?
There are a lot of questions, yet there seem to be no solutions.
The City Council has always harped on educating the public about not littering and urging for cooperation, but let’s face it, it is not working.
In Japan, children are taught to clean up after their own mess from an early age.
I understand that they are also taught to clean toilets.
So, it’s not just the City Council that should be bearing the responsibility to educate the young. The Education Ministry and its state counterparts should also make it a point for schools to teach students to care about the cleanliness of the environment.
I do applaud the City Council for trying. They have even sent out enforcement officers to catch litterbugs and that’s an “A” for effort.
Perhaps, the City Council can think of other unconventional methods to address the issue. Perhaps they can consider using a bounty system, rewarding those who can catch litterbugs in action.
Pay money to those who are able to provide video evidence, with details such as vehicle number plates, or addresses if perpetrators are staying near illegal dumpsites.
The City Council could check with the Road Transport Department to get the address of the culprits.
Let’s be honest, no one wants to do something without any thing in return and this seems to be a win-win situation.
The City Council gets to issue take action against litterbugs and the people get rewarded.
I think this can be considered as a form of cooperation.
As a Ipoh boy, it is my fervent hope to see the city become the cleanest in the country.