Litterbugs costing Malacca RM2m each month

Kelly Koh

MALACCA: Litterbugs are costing the state a whopping RM2 million each month to keep the historic city rubbish free.

Melaka Historic City Council mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin said such amount of money could have been put to better use such as maintaining the city's facilities and historical sites.

He said both locals and tourists must avoid littering while keeping the environment in the state clean.

“The council spends RM1.8 million monthly for Solid Waste And Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) to help clear rubbish and cleaning drains within a 4.2-kilometre radius in the city centre.

“We also pay our own contractors to collect bulk rubbish outside of the 4.2-kilometre radius.

“In total, the council spends more than RM2 million monthly just on collecting rubbish and cleaning works,” he told the New Straits Times here.

“Spending RM2 million per month is not a small sum of money. We hope the public can practice the habit of throwing rubbish only at designated bins,” he said.

He cited Taiwan which successfully transformed from a ‘garbage island’ into ‘one of the cleanest country in the world”.

“It all starts with early education. The public must educate their children on being civic minded while caring for the environment.

“This means holding on to your trash until you see a dustbin.

“I hope such mindset can be implanted into our society,” he said.

In 2014, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron launched the “Don’t mess with Melaka” campaign to show the state's seriousness in achieving a rubbish-free state.