MALACCA, Jan 10, 2016:

Malacca, through the Malacca City Council (MBMB) will introduce a law to punish individuals who throw rubbish indiscriminately, especially at places declared as Unesco heritage sites.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said once the law was introduced, individuals found guilty of littering would not only be fined but also be required to clean the area where they committed the offence.

“MBMB is in the process of enforcing the law once it is approved. We have introduced various initiatives and enforcement procedures but the mindset of the people has yet to change.

“We are faced with the difficult task of changing the mindset of the people, so positive measures must be introduced to ensure Malacca remains clean because it is a leading tourist destination in the country,” he told reporters after a “Miss Tourism International-Cleanliness Jonker Walk” programme here today.

He said the new law would be in addition to the current fine of RM10 imposed on litterbugs, which was enforced last year.

Idris also urged traders in Jonker Walk to keep their compounds clean.

Meanwhile, the “Miss Tourism International-Cleanliness Jonker Walk” programme saw 16 Miss Tourism contestants currently in the country, participating in the gotong royong programme along Jonker Walk.

The Miss Tourism contest will be held in Malacca on Jan 16.

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