Stop littering or you’ll be Facebooked

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  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2014

Xxxxxx: Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng (left) and Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik cycling in the newly upgraded Traffic Garden in Bodhi Avenue.

AN assemblyman in Penang has warned litterbugs to refrain from such behaviour or he will upload video clips of them in the act on his Facebook page.

Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said the public should not treat the corner along Jalan Lim Eow Thoon in George Town as a dumping ground.

“We tried to be friendly by putting up a banner to remind the public that the site is not a dumping ground.

“But it doesn’t seem to work even though there is a CCTV there,” he said.

A check found piles of rubbish which emanate a strong stench at the site.

Piles of rubbish found dumped by the roadside in Jalan Lim Eow Thoon near the Traffic Garden in Bodhi Avenue.WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN
[ Litterbugs seem unperturbed despite a sign warning them of CCTV camera surveillance at the site. ]

“I have not gone through the CCTV footage yet but if necessary, I will upload images of these culprits on my Facebook page,” he added.

“I will also discuss with the Penang Municipal Council whether such images can be used as evidence to penalise the litterbugs. Rubbish piling up at the site is unhygienic and an eyesore to the people,” he said when met at the site on Thursday.

Earlier, Teh also brought cheer to some 300 households living near Traffic Garden in Bodhi Avenue by announcing that they could now enjoy free WiFi service.

“We will also call for a tender to carry out Phase II which includes upgrading the area’s lighting and public toilets.

“It also involves doing maintenance work on the bicycles and toy wheels there,” he said after an inspection with Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik.

Touted as the best in the country with various garden settings, the garden was opened in 1983 with a mock petrol station, fire hydrant, telephone booth, post box, hospital signpost and various road signs.

Xxxxxx: The public enjoying themselves at the newly upgraded Traffic Garden in Bodhi Avenue.WAN MOHIZAN WAN HUSSEIN	THESTAR/20.02.2014
[ The public enjoying themselves at the newly upgraded Traffic Garden in Bodhi Avenue. ]

Thousands of schoolchildren have used the facilities to learn road safety measures through fun and games over the years.

Teh said the council spent RM93,000 on Phase I including the repainting of road kerbs and traffic lines as well as the resurfacing of tar roads.

Ng had previously installed 12 CCTVs within the vicinity as a crime prevention initiative.

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