February 22, 2013

Can we clean up Male City?

Today Friday, all Friday mornings are good for walking as it takes a while for Male city to wake up and the streets are quite walkable -- at least devoid of the zipping cycles that might just take away my elbow to the doctor. But believe me I think I have to call up the Mayor to say they have to buck up on keeping our city clean. The littering seems to be getting ever worse. Not a spot without trash! and the drains where the cover is broken -- and that, in so many places -- one can mistake these for trash bins -- packed with pet bottles, wrappers and plastic bags filled with God knows what! and of course the ubiquitous red spit. I tell you it's pathetic our state of this physical environment. -- perhaps those of us old enough can see the difference! Where do we begin to clean up. Some may say at the top. But I say it's the elected council. Guys, don't do this to us when we give you so much of our tax money. Its just not fair is it?  This is our city, and you are not setting an example to the youth and children observing all this as their heroes (grown-ups) litter the street with impunity. And they learn fast from us. Mind you cigarette wielding pedestrians too crush their filter butts on to these same pavements -- as if the new tobacco legislation was a thing to be laughed at. What a pity in our land of democracy! 

Those officials of the government who ply about in their cars may not observe with the pedestrian's eye perhaps! So why would our youth care? And this was right there evident in action during my walk. I saw a young lady with a nice buruqa and colorful well fitting rest of attire tear open a supari packet and after lazily dumping the content into her painted mouth then looked around a couple of times to drop that empty sachet on to the street -- of course to be lost in a myriad such sachets also strewn about her. That's just it. When I asked her politely how she can consider doing this inconsiderate deed to her own environment, I only received a blank look and then before I could move on to supply her with some environmental advice, she stepped into a taxi that stopped by and quickly disappeared from the scene - glad perhaps of getting rid of this nosy old guy!! So what should we do my friends to save our city -- to make it a healthy Male? 

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