MELAKA: Melaka’s status as the cleanest state in Malaysia has now dropped to fourth place, said Deputy Housing, Local Government and Environment committee chairman Datuk Sazali Muhd Din.
Terengganu emerged top in the list compiled by the Tourism Ministry, followed by Perak and Penang. Sabah placed fifth after Melaka.
Sazali said Melaka's drop was due to lack of awareness among the public on the importance of cleanliness.
He said motorists throwing rubbish from their vehicles had also contributed to the state’s failure in maintaining its status as the nation’s cleanest state.
“In terms of the cleanliness campaign in the state, it is an ongoing effort and we did not face any problems doing it.
“The same goes for rubbish collection activities across the state,” he said after launching the Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPHTJ) ‘Don’t Mess With Melaka - Don’t Throw Rubbish From Vehicle’ programme at Melaka Mall here.
Also present was MPHTJ president Datuk Murad Husin.
Sazali said the government will continue to carry out campaigns to educate the public that maintaining cleanliness is not solely the responsibility of local councils in the state but also requires the public’s cooperation.
Meanwhile, Murad said cigarette butts and food wrappers amounted to the most waste thrown out by litterbugs from their vehicles.
He said at least 1,000kg of rubbish thrown out by motorists was collected every month since MPHTJ formed its motorcycle special litter unit in December 2016.
“From January to May 2017, MPHTJ has issued 65 compounds against litterbugs,” he said.
He reminded motorists that undercover council enforcement officers will issue on-the-spot compounds against those who are caught throwing rubbish from their vehicles in areas under MPHTJ’s jurisdiction.
He said the offenders can be fined between RM150 and RM500 under the council’s by-laws.