KUALA LUMPUR: Outspoken television drama director Michael Ang has slammed certain parents who worry about schools reopening, yet take their children to popular tourist destinations, and even dirty them.
In his Malaysia Day message on Instagram yesterday, Ang expressed his disappointment that even though the country had grown by leaps and bounds, the civic consciousness of Malaysians was deteriorating.
He said that Malaysians complained about the potential spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus when schools reopen next month, yet flocked to recreational areas such as the Sungai Pisang Waterfall in Gombak, Selangor.
“Happy Malaysia Day everyone. But do we deserve to celebrate our nation’s birthday anniversary when many of us are still not civic-minded?” said Ang in his Instagram post.
“I just don’t understand some parents. They become hysterical when they hear that the schools are going to reopen, and fear for their children’s safety.
“But then, when the government recently relaxed inter-state and inter-district travel a little, these same parents took their children to green areas such as waterfalls to have a good time, oblivious to the fact that such places have many visitors, too,” said Ang.
The Kimchi Untuk Awak director also lamented that the bad reputation of Malaysians as litterbugs had still not disappeared after 58 years of Malaysia Day.
“It is a crying shame that so many of we Malaysians are still littering in public places and polluting green areas. Truly ‘sampah masyarakat’ (scum of society)!”
A recent viral video on Facebook showed that the Sungai Pisang Waterfall was filled with rubbish. Many Netizens were angered by the irresponsible behaviour of visitors to the recreational spot.
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