Malaysia is a beautiful country, rich in natural resources, and with profuse water flow.It holds an enviable status in South East Asia. The small country ,has a mutli culture population, of Malays, Chinese and Indians.
The three Asian races have mixed so well except for a few simmering here and there. I had taken a second home visa, and am constantly visiting the country for the past two years, rather ,I spend nearly half a yearhere..
The weather is humid and moist. The rains are so copious and the heat so oppressive , and sweltering , that the people seem to get scorched , but very soon get drenched in rain. This in short is the characterstic of Malaysia, with refernce to climate in particular and with people in general. They may , at times be offensive, but shortly turn out to be so amiable and affectionate.
The roads Of Malaysia , need a special mention. They are so good and well maintained, that driving is a pleasure in this country. Even the roads in Kampam,and small towns are practically fine and devoid of potholes and speed breakers.
The carry bags strewn around , present an eyesore . The garbage is collected in a plastic bag and kept in front of every house, shops and hotels. They are cleared by the civic authorities late in the night. A significant move by the municipalities, but if they ban the use of these plastic garbage bags,the mother earth would be more grateful to the otherwise clean Malaysians. The supermarkets, big shopping malls, and the rehats, and hotels, invariably pack the things in coloured bags, plastic , of course. They may argue , that the thin bags are reusable, but why give way to it, when there are other alternatives. The shopping centers , could bring in thin cloth bags, or paper bags, or else bamboo baskets for heavy purchase.
This is what was practised during our grandmother’s time. The granny used to take a big bamboo basket ,to buy vegetables and big cloth bags to purchase cloth and dress materials. Grannies took food in banana leaves,which were easily decomposed.The big suitcases are the fancy of the modern age. In yore, the people took their belongings in baskets of bamboo or thatched leaves and bags made of cloth. They were easily manageable, though looked less attractive.
Going back to the basics , will save the earth from vicious existence.We will leave a greener earth to our progeny, let alone anything else. The rich soil is the most precious gift to our children , than diamonds, gold , silver,and other movable and immovable assets.
Will Malaysian civic authorities give a thought to it? I pray that they should implement this concerned perception as early as possible.