Also suggested as a move to check vandalism are hefty fines or even a jail term
KUALA LUMPUR – July 24, 2017: Following press reports on widespread vandalism that has damaged sections of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations along the route from Sungai Buloh to Kajang, there are suggestions that more closed-circuit television cameras be installed and also for more plainclothes enforcers to be stationed in the trains and within the stations.
There’s also the standard call for hefty fines or a jail term to be imposed, as has been done in Singapore.
The Muslim Consumers Association predictably suggested that the government devised more effective civic education programme to cover both the young and adults.
News of broken toilets, scratched benches and walls, an ill-placed broomstick and a spotlight on an MRT station’s damaged rooftop were highlighted by MRT Corporation strategic communication and stakeholders relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah yesterday.
“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. No manners at all!” wrote Najmuddin on his Facebook wall.
The news generated an intense call by social media users, with many calling on the authorities to take tough action.
They wanted the perpetrators to be punished as they said such acts of vandalism were unacceptable, especially since the entire Sungai Buloh – Kajang line has been operating just less than a week.
“Install more CCTVs and take action against these people, otherwise they will never learn,” wrote Facebooker Cathy Chea.
There were also those who suggested that those who commit vandalism should be punished with a hefty fine or even jailed.
“That’s what the Singaporean government did to those who vandalised public property. It’s the only way to teach these people some sense of civic mindedness!” wrote Peter CB Yap.
“I suggest that MRT should also station plain clothed marshal not only inside the trains but also at all of its stations. It is so frustrating to see ill-mannered commuters,” wrote Munera Razak.
“MRT should also come out with a hotline number so that commuters can instantly report any untoward incidents and please put up more notices to remind commuters to take good care of the facility,” suggested Kyh de Constantinopolis.