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Popular tourist spots in Malaysia are resembling rubbish dumping grounds as the recent 4 day Deepavali holiday, ended in mounds of litter. The Deepavali, or Diwali, holiday last week saw the Penang Island City council cleaning up an estimated 5,256 tonnes of garbage. Xavier Sebastian, the city council urban services department director, told the Straits Times that the increase was due to the many tourists that swarmed the island during the holiday. “We noticed that there was a garbage overflow at popular spots in Karpal Singh Drive, Gurney Drive, Teluk Bayu, the Esplanade, Batu Feringghi, near Queensbay Mall, and under […]

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5 minutes ago, palooka said:

It wasn't treated the same as the "holy Ganges river" or its tributaries, at least the beach can be cleaned up.

Yes it could be but it isn't. It takes a while. Same as the river.

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4 minutes ago, Poolie said:

Yes it could be but it isn't. It takes a while. Same as the river.

Definitely take a long while.

Scores of cities and towns dump untreated sewage into the river and its main tributaries, and dozens of manufacturing facilities contribute industrial waste. Also contributing to high pollution levels are agricultural runoff, the remnants of partially burned or unburned bodies from funeral pyres, and animal carcasses. High levels of disease-causing bacteria, as well as such toxic substances as chromium, cadmium, and arsenic, have been found in the Ganges.

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I wonder how many of the festival goers stayed back to clean up the mess?? Maybe Malaysian Government charges entry fees to ultimately pay for the cleanup. The responsibility for the cleanup rests with the organisers of the event. Either way it shouldn't have to be Malays to clean up the mess made by others. No responsibility ....no festival next year!

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11 minutes ago, AlexPTY said:

let's look at the Pattaya Beach after Loy Krathong

Yep, that must be the first instance of pre-festival Thai bashing I've ever seen. You could at least let them fail first.

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