It’s no secret that Malaysia has a bit of a problem with being civic-minded.
We saw evidence of that earlier this week when a wedding guest left a used diaper on their plate of food, and earlier when mounds of rubbish left behind by football fans in Bukit Jalil stadium went viral.
Today, we shamefully look into the mirror once again when a tourist shared a picture of his family with FOUR giant bags of trash after cleaning up a Penang playground for an hour.
The image was shared on Reddit, a social new aggregation & content sharing site by user u/DavidPaaske.
According to the post and his comments, David and his wife were travelling in Malaysia for a month.
When they were at a playground while visiting Batu Ferringhi in Penang, they decided to clear up the rubbish strewn around.
The post which was then shared on the r/Malaysia subreddit, garnered praise for the helpful visitors, while Malaysians themselves were feeling ashamed by the irresponsible behaviour of their countrymen.
However, it was not all regret as one Malaysian redditor (u/afiqasyran86) was spurred by David’s post and decided to clean his local playground with his son as well.
This cleaning-up act is actually part of the #TrashTag challenge, a viral global challenge that began in March 2019.
To participate, people shared pictures of rubbish-filled places before and after they cleaned it up as an effort to help clean up the environment.
We absolutely commend David and Afiq’s sincere efforts to help keep the environment litter-free.
It’s a reminder of how we are all responsible for keeping our surroundings clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.