CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Cameron Highlands can be turned into the cleanest place in the country if there are joint efforts by all to spruce it up without depending solely on the local council to undertake the task, said Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
He called on all individuals to make cleanliness a culture and instil in them a concern for the environment.
Tengku Abdullah said all that was needed was a consistent awareness on cleanliness, hygiene and health.
“The awareness will lead to the practice of throwing rubbish into the proper place from each individual to each family and community.
“Visitors will also find it a positive sign to follow suit.
“This is a culture that can be practised as we should not put everything on the authorities.
“It cannot be a directive as this culture has to start from us,” he said, adding that it was possible to make the tourist destination the cleanest place in Malaysia.
Tengku Abdullah also said that maintaining cleanliness could also help prevent disasters such as flash floods and mud floods.
He cited poor concern for cleanliness in Lembah Bertam as being among the reasons that caused the mud floods in 2013 and 2014.
“If the river had not been blocked by rubbish and other discarded materials, the flood could have been avoided and no deaths could have happened.
“Then we started pointing fingers, blaming each other including the local authorities and the government for the incident,” Tengku Abdullah told Lembah Bertam residents here recently before the start of a gotong-royong programme to clean up the area.
Among those who also took part in the programme were state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail and State Housing and Township Committee chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.