KULAIJAYA: Johoreans should have the right mindset towards keeping a clean and liveable environment to ensure tourist arrivals into the state sees a continual growth.
State Tourism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said that Johoreans should take pride that the state has been recognised and highly talked of in an international magazine following the Johor Sultan’s coronation recently, it was equally important to keep up with the good image.
“There is no point of having commendable tourism products such as islands and homestays if it is not kept well and up-to-date,” he told reporters during the state-level launching of the Clean and Sustainable Johor programme here on Sunday.
Tee said that tourist usually escaped their hectic life to find peace and calmness over a vacation, and while Johor has many such tourist destinations including a number of beaches, islands as well as homestays.
“If these places are not maintained properly, tourists are unlikely to return for another vacation or recommend Johor as a holiday spot to their friends,” he said adding that cleaning the streets and other public spaces were equally important.
He also stressed that making cleanliness a priority would not only benefit the economy of the state but also helped ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for the community.
Tee said that with a record of 6,324 dengue cases registered last year by the Johor Health Department, the state saw a hike of 31% in dengue cases compared to 2013.
“That means there was an average of 119 cases a week,” he said adding that the number of deaths due to dengue fever stood at 25 last year, which was the same number of cases in 2013.
He added that the Kulaijaya Municipal Council (MPKu) alone reported some 87 cases since January this year and it showed that 70% of the Aedes breeding grounds were in public spaces filled with litter.
“Such diseases can be avoided if the community come together in taking proactive measures to keep the environment safe and cleans for all,” he urged.