Malaysians just don’t care anymore

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Malaysians just don’t care anymore

Postby admin » Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:11 am

The appalling ‘I don’t care’ attitude among Malaysians is further fuelled by the lack of enforcement by the authorities.

HOW often have we come across someone parking in a towing zone, or throwing garbage right underneath the “Dilarang Buang Sampah” (Don’t Litter) sign? The answer, for many, would be all the time.

The real question is, how often do we do it ourselves?

Laying the blame at somebody else’s door is always easy. Take a moment and remember all the times you have done something wrong. It goes to show that Malaysians just don’t care.

A recent survey by Reader’s Digest showed Kuala Lumpur almost at the bottom of a list of The Courteous Cities ­­­­­- at number 34 out of 36 major cities in the world. Six years ago, we ranked 33 out of 35 cities. It is not hard to see why we we are practically propping up the ranking table.

A driveabout in the Klang Valley will find you examples of how Malaysians are quickly losing their civic consciousness.

In Petaling Jaya’s Section 14, there were bags of rubbish in front of a bus stop along Jalan Datuk Abdul Aziz. The stench made it unbearable for commuters waiting for the bus.

Another common issue is the age-old problem of indiscriminate parking at “No Parking” and towing zones.

This problem is prevalent along the ramp and overhead bridge in Jalan 16/11, Petaling Jaya and Little India in Brickfields.

The common excuse given is the lack of parking bays, especially in busy areas.

But if one were to take a second look, parking bays are available a short distance away. Of course that would mean having to walk that distance to one’s destination.

So they risk parking illegally, even if they would be inconveniencing others or summoned by the local council or the police.

Most are undeterred by the fine due to the discounts given by the authorities. After appeal, a parking offender only pays RM30 at the local council or RM150 for the police summons.

S. Mogan, said there should be a planned and continuous effort to make Malaysians realise the importance of civic consciousness.

“How many times have we seen a signboard saying “Jangan Buang Sampah, Denda RM10,000” surrounded by garbage?

“Unfortunately the signboard does not scare the offenders, so there has to be proper enforcement by the authorities,” he said.

Mogan felt there was a need to educate the masses and introduce more fines to teach errant Malaysians a lesson, the hard way.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) disclosed that from January to June, it had issued 314 summonses to motorists for running the red light, 130 for cutting queue, 477 for stopping in the yellow box and 668 summonses for breaking traffic rules.

Benny Shyam Francis, 27, said it was common knowledge that despite the summonses issued, many failed to pay up and that indicated a disregard for the law and the general public were not afraid of the consequences.

He said it also showed that Malaysians were not bothered about other road users.

Adrianna Chew, 45, said civic consciousness was more prevalent in the older days.

“People were more courteous and environmentally friendly. For example, men would open doors for women.

“It all boils down to good upbringing. Parents have to instill good values in their children so they will be able to tell right from wrong, such as queuing up and using indicators while driving,” she said.

Rohaya Daud, 56, believed that education on good manners and etiquette had to be instilled by teachers as well.

She said subjects such as Civic Studies and Moral Education were textbook-oriented, where values were memorised for exams rather than applied to daily life.

“Instead of making the children memorise the various values for exams, they should be encouraged to practise the values in real life,” she added.

Behavioural coach Julian Leicester said society had become more profit-driven and individualistic.

Leicester said the lack of enforcement and bribery resulted in this current public attitude.

He said many were frustrated because doing the right thing took too long and sometimes was nearly impossible to achieve, while the easy way ensured tasks get done in record time.

He said Malaysians did not like confrontations and thus preferred to let things slide without question.

“This in the long run will erode integrity and cultivate the ‘tidak apa’ (apathetic) attitude. It is sad because Malaysia was once known for being friendly and courteous.

“Even waiters and waitresses these days are not courteous when serving, customer centres are not bothered to ensure their machines and other facilities are working.”

He added that people today did not have a sense of loyalty to their city and were only interested in monetary pursuit.

Leicester believes local authorities and the police should have a reward system for their officers in carrying out their enforcement duties, such as practised in numerous countries.

“Parents these days are teaching their children to look out for themselves and not for others as well. This basic lack of sharing and caring will lead to an individualistic nation where we will win individually but fail as a community.

“Many are also afraid to step up and help someone in need, even something as simple as helping someone who has fallen down or lending a hand to a car owner in pushing their stalled vehicle to the side.

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Passers-by who just didn’t care

Postby admin » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:03 am

AT about 9pm on Aug 6, at the Sprint Highway u-turn underpass near the Damasara Jaya Secondary School a driver knocked into the back of my son’s car. My son got down to check.

He was immediately set upon and knocked unconscious. His car and everything else was taken and he was left lying on the road unconscious.

He was at the mercy of oncoming cars rolling over him and yet nobody stopped to assist him until eventually a good Samaritan by the name of Darren Lee came to his aid.

I just dread to imagine what would have happened if an unwary driver should have just gone over him.

Shame on all those who drove by and seeing my son on the road, so helpless, didn’t offer assistance.

What if one of your loved ones was in such a situation and nobody stopped to help?

Woe betide our nation if these people are in the majority.

And to those heartless car-jackers “nak curi, curi-lah. Mengapa hentam orang teruk-teruk ? U tak ada hati-kah? U tak ada keluarga-kah?” (“If you want to steal, steal. But why do you have to beat him so brutally? Have you no heart? Have you no family”.)

To all drivers, if you are knocked from the rear by another car, especially at night on lonely roads and you are alone, drive straight to the police station.

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