At the risk of sounding racist, tourists from the West do some really strange things when they travel to Malaysia. Perhaps we should give them the benefit of doubt and assume that they don’t know any better, or lack common sense.
It takes a special kind of thought process to decide to jump into Sungai Melaka, a river very well known for its pollution and… er, unique scent.
While tourists do often enjoy what Sungai Melaka has to offer via boat tours, a video of a group of caucasian men jumping directly into the river in swimming trunks was uploaded to Twitter today.
I hope they realise how dirty Sungai Melaka is. pic.twitter.com/9HTtAjUm2f— Toon Seri Anthraxxxx (@anthraxxxx) June 14, 2019
Considering that a blind man can find his way to the river by smell alone, we salute their immense tolerance and possible dead nose.
It’s almost miraculous how these foreigners seem absolutely undisturbed by the lack of sanitation and are seen enjoying themselves immensely.
Twitterjaya was quick to chime in with their Sungai Melaka experiences.
aku pernah jatuh tergolek main kayak kt sg Melaka dulu.. surface je nampak bersih.. dlm dia berselut busuk nak mampus segala jenis mendapan najis dr zaman portugis ada dlm tu. yuckk— seheremezedebe (@ipenlah) June 14, 2019
Twitter user @ipenlah has fallen in the river once when kayaking, and said that while the surface looked clean, the river is still smelly from grime, mud, and feces from the historical era of the Portugese colonization.
And nose Dr too, coz I can smell that river through the video— Ahmad Arcana (@Ahmad_arcana) June 14, 2019
Some also suggested that the foreigners might enjoy swimming with the monitor lizards, who are often seen around the river.
They can swim with the biawak— Ennairüüd ㋡ (@Duurianne) June 14, 2019
We’re not entirely sure if they survived their splashing fun, but we wish them the best of health.