First-world infrastructure, third-world mentality.
MRT Corp strategic communications and stakeholder relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah lamented on Facebook about vandalism and damage at a few stations just five days after the second phase of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line was launched.
Najmuddin said he found a broken toilet two days ago and scratches on benches and walls.
“Just now I saw a broom stick (penyapu!!!) and a spotlight on rooftop of Exit F at Bukit Bintang station. I’m sure those 2 dead things didn’t walk up the roof by themselves.
“Then I went to Merdeka Station – another popular vandalism destination. @myrapidkl colleagues told me children climbed the Rukun Negara wall! And I can show you a splint of the wall on my palm there. Tidak ada kesopanan langsung!
“We provide a first class facility but if the society is not ready with first class mentality to embrace it, we are going to waste a lot of money and time unnecessarily to do the repair works,” najmuddin posted on Facebook.
Besides vandals, litter bugs have also marred the image of the spanking new facilities, indiscriminately throwing cigarette butts and rubbish at the stations. There was even litter thrown on the roof of one MRT station!
Jul 17, MRT SBK Phase Two Launched