KOTA BARU: Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has admitted that the state government is finding it difficult to change the Kelantanese' dirty habits.
He said littering had also become a culture and the state government had to work hard to change their mindset.
Nik Aziz was speaking to reporters after attending a function to declare the Kota Baru Municipal Council area an Islamic city.
The Sultan of Kelantan will launch the Islamic city in July.
Nik Aziz said the state government would emphasise on cleanliness, apart from welfare and prosperity, in realising the objective of the Islamic city concept.
Sharing Nik Aziz's opinion, Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairman Takiyuddin Hassan said filthy business premises in the state reflected the people's dirty habits.
Many of the food courts here, which are open for long hours and are heavily patronised, are also dirty, he said, adding that owners of business outlets and traders have six months to clean up.
Meanwhile, about 1,000 residents of an apartment block in Jalan Bayam here have been putting up with the stench coming from a sewage tank for the past five years.
The situation did not improve even after they had complained to the Kelantan Economic Development Corporation and the council.
Takiyuddin, when contacted, said repair works had been carried out on the sewage tank a number of times, but it became clogged again.
We found out that it was also caused by the residents' littering habit, he said. Bernama
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