WHILE Malaysia is aiming to become a developed nation by 2020, her people are still throwing rubbish into drains and rivers.
This dirty habit causes a big problem for those living downstream.
A resident in Selayang Baru, Jasbeer Kaur, 40, said that after every downpour, rubbish would get stuck on the water pipes in the drain beside her house.
The garbage consisted of not only plastic bottles, paper plates, cups, plastic bags and wood, but also chicken feathers and guts.
The water pipes act as a rubbish trap. And when the rubbish is stuck, it stinks. Besides this, rats and cockroaches get attracted to the smell and residents fear disease may spread as a result, she said.
Jasbeer Kaur said there was even a mattress stuck underneath the culvert last week, and commended Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) for doing a good job of clearing the rubbish and deepening the drain.
However, the problem is not solved. We should be responsible for the cleanliness of our surroundings, she added.
Councillor P. Kamalanathan visited the site last week and was unhappy about residents throwing rubbish into the drain.
Floods will surely occur if people continue their disgusting habit which clogs drains, he said.
When contacted, MPS president Zainal Abidin Azim said he would send his enforcement officers to check the area regularly.
We have to catch the offenders in the act before we can fine them up to RM500 for littering, said Kamalanathan.