A walk on the cleanest streets of Kuala Lumpur city, the capital of Malaysia, provides us with a clear idea of how a capital city can be maintained in a proper manner.
Every part of the city is so clean and tidy that tourists from different parts of the globe arrive and enjoy them. The government is very strict in this regard, and stringent actions are taken against those who make it untidy. When I was there, I got to know about one such enterprise closing down on charge of being not clean. A compare and contrast assessment of the cities of India and Malaysia in terms of cleanliness reminded me of the bug gap, which cannot be bridged, unless both our government and the people lay emphasis on an inclusive cleaning drive.
The humble nature of the locals is also worth mentioning. They help irrespective of their status, when we are in need of assistance. I remember someone coming to see us directly and offered us a helping hand, when we had problems with accommodation. When I went to the International university of Malaysia to submit an application for PhD, they received it with a smile. I marvelled at their simplicity. On my return from Malaysia along with my friend Jafar Nizami, I was happy as it had taught me a few valuable lessons.
Mansoor Cherusseri, M. Phil. English, The New College,Chennai
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