Thursday, 15 February 2007


Come this Saturday will be the eve of Chinese New Year. Traditionally, by now all households should be busy doing that once a year "Spring Cleaning" before ushering in the Year of the Pig. This kind of annual family affair will usually result in heaps of unwanted stuff being thrown out of the house and piled along the roadsides for the garbage men to pick up. Items that are commonly found include furnitures, clothings, plants, kitchen cutleries, utensils etc...

Last week when I returned home, there was a broken antic wooden kitchen cabinet and 2 pieces of worn out sofa set placed at the "mini dumping site" opposite my house. As a matter of fact, this place is not a designated dumping site but rather a road shoulder where the neighbourhood have conveniently turned it into their very own dumping ground.

Ironically, DBKL also kind of recognises this so called "dumping ground" and I have noticed them coming around from time to time to check on the quantity of the rubbish being accumulated there and the next thing is the Alam Flora rubbish truck will come around to collect those rubbish.

I dread to wonder what will be the next thing that greets me this evening. Will it be a bedroom set?For your information, my house is located a mere 10km away from KL city centre...looks like we still have a long way to go in achieving success in educating my fellow neighbours the importance of Recycling.

On the other hand, there are also some caring organisations which are actively involved in this field, they are namely Persatuan Pencinta Alam Malaysia, Xim Phou Moon Welfare Society, Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merit Society, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)...and the list goes on. These organisations have massive volunteers coming daily/weekly to help collect and sort all the recycle items placed in the respective centres. Their commitment and devotion should be highly lauded for involving themselves in this sacrificial work.

Amongst the volunteers, there was this old man in his sixties seen busy opening up bags of recycle items which at times can be as filty as rubbish itself at one of the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merit Society Centres, someone came up to him and asked if he felt dirty doing this job. "No, not at all, there are times the human's heart can be dirtier than this!" he grinned.

Thank you very much Pak Osman for helping us in saving the earth for a better tommorrow.

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