Every time I get down to Kuala Lumpur, I can’t help but watch to my utter dismay, the rot that is infecting our society that is supposedly affluent, in trend with modernity and with numerous skyscrapers to pride of, that our city is emerging into a flawless world class city.
Sadly, the modern physical structures that we see mushroomed around the city center, the zooming of BMW’s, Mercedes and Jaguars of the rich and famous in and out of the narrow roads and alleys, the wailing of sirens escorting VVIP’s and important visiting dignitaries; all this means nothing if the city dwellers and public in general have little regard for being courteous, friendly and more importantly, having an eye for cleanliness.
I have had several nasty encounters with some unscrupulous city dwellers, taxi drivers, security guards, and even with some boisterous students who think the world around them is solely theirs, without any sense of respect and regard for an elder like me who now have little patience for noise and rudeness. It makes me look stupid to speak out at them, and it makes me look a bigger fool if I just ignored them. I think age has made me what I am.
Even the number of law enforcement officers, e.g. policemen, municipal law enforcement officers and road transport enforcement officers that are supposed to uphold and ensure some sense of traffic security around the city center seemed to play ignorant i.e. with their eyes, mouth and ears tightly sealed, at the sight of motorist blatantly beating traffic lights and speeding dangerously, and sometimes bikers riding in the opposite lane oblivious to the dangers that they are likely to pose to the public. I witness these traffic mobsters everyday, and I begin to wonder it there is any worth in having traffic law enforcement officers manning the city center.
It was only a few days ago that I witness a taxi driver at KLCC arguing with what looked liked some Arab tourists over the charges for a taxi ride. And witnessed to the argument was a well dressed security guard who just stood by and watched with amusement, the on going argument. Why this argument about the taxi rates? Are our taxis running without a meter, or was the taxi driver trying to exploit the tourist for additional money?
A ride on the LRT which is my daily routine, give me a helicopter view of the Gombak River that runs besides PWTC. And every time after a heavy down pour, the river is filled almost to the brim, not only with murky water but with a pile of rubbish and filth as well. There goes the slogan……’keep our rivers clean’. Does anyone knows where these pile of rubbish and filth comes from? Or has the authorities accepted the fact that the river can now be turned into a rubbish bin? Where are the authorities that monitors the rivers. I thought we have a department that does that. If Singapore can turn the once murky Singapore river to pristine, clear and clean river; why can’t we think of doing the same for the famous Gombak and Klang river that traverse through the city center.
I wonder who really cares for some the highlights that I have stated above. It is a pity that despite having so many organizations, authorities and agencies, no one seemed to be doing what they are actually suppose to do.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION