Note from Publisher
Malaysia’s tourism industry received a serious blow after the tragic incident involving MH370 in 2014. Tourist arrivals to Malaysia fell 6.3% in 2015 but recovered to grow by 4.0% in 2016. However, in the first 10 months of 2017, tourist arrivals fell 2.5% from the corresponding period in 2016 despite the sharp decline of the Ringgit’s exchange rate.

Given the uniqueness of Malaysia, our tourism industry should have done better. One of the areas that Malaysia needs to urgently improve is her cleanliness of all her public facilities. While the government is spending billions of Ringgit to carry out the ‘River of Life’ project along the historic sites like Dataran Merdeka, Masjid Jamek and Central Market, the streets surrounding the areas are littered with rubbish. The public toilets are simply atrocious.

A country does not need to achieve the high income status to be clean nor does it need to be technologically advanced to be clean. On the other hand, proper education and strict enforcement are keys to attain a clean environment. Cleanliness in private and public facilities is the most basic requirement in attracting tourists. The Malaysian government should emulate China and launch its own toilet revolution.
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