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As I have said in my first post of Indonesia Banget (the opening post that explained what Indonesia Banget is), I will share both good things and bad things from Indonesia. I have shared so many good things that make Indonesia different to other countries. It’s time to see the bad side of Indonesia.
This doesn’t apply to ALL people of Indonesia, but MOST are like this.
Indonesian people are so indiscipline!! The most indiscipline act which totally annoyed me is LITTERING. When it comes to this matter, most Indonesian turn dyslexia…they somehow couldn’t read the words “Dilarang Membuang Sampah Disini!! (Do Not Litter!!)” or “Tempat Sampah (Trash Bin)”
If you come to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and head to important places like Jalan Protokol (see the picture on the right) you will see clean street…but that’s not because people are being discipline by not littering along the street…it is merely because there are sweepers that constantly sweeping the street.
What mostly happened in my country are :
(and I saw all of these happening before my eyes)
When they eat on public transportation (as well as other kind of litter), they will just thrown the left over down on the floor.
I once saw a woman who kept wiping her face with tissue because the day was quite hot, and then this woman kept on dropping her tissue inside the bus. I was on the verge of shouting her to keep her tissue and throw it on Trash Bin when she saw one after getting off from the public transportation…unfortunately that woman get off before I lost my temper.
(still inside public transportation) Throwing the garbage outside the window. If they don’t throw it inside…what better option than throwing it outside the window??
This annoyed me more than littering inside the bus. I once scolded a boy who was about to throw something out.
Trash bin means NOTHING
Pest 1 (borrowing Deboshree word): Hey…there’s a trash bin!!
Pest 2: so what?? Just put in here, the cleaning people will pick it up later
>>> I took the picture myself because I knew I will write about this matter one day.
I also had this experience:
A pest was standing next to me, this pest were drinking mineral water. The pest dropped the bottle in front of him once he had finished.
Sweeper : hey man, did you see that trash bin?? Pick it up and throw it there!!
The Pest stared blankly
Sweeper : You can clearly see the trash bin and yet dropped your bottle here, do you think your ancestor paid me to sweep your trash!
The pest took it with sour face….and I was laughing happily. Two thumbs up for the sweeper
There are still a lot of garbage under the sign “Do Not Litter Here”
I once saw a house which somehow became the target for people to thrown their garbage. The left corner of that house always covered with garbage. The owner put a sign “Dilarang Membuang Sampah (Do Not Litter)”…the litter looked like a mountain.
When I passed through that house again the sign became “Yang Buang Sampah disini DiLaknat Allah (Those who thrown their garbage here will be condemn by Allah)”…the mountain of garbage was still there.
The next time I was there, it had become “Yang buang sampah disini MONYET (Those who thrown garbage here are MONKEYS)” … the mountain did not decrease at all.
The last time I saw that house, the words were “Anjing!! Babi!! Tai!! Punya Otak Ga Sih?? Jangan Buang Sampah Nyet!!” ….I have problem translating this …this is the closest I can get “Dog!! Pig!! Shithead!! Do You Even Had Brain?? Don’t litter here, Monkey!!!” (Referring those 3 animals toward someone is considered as an insult)…the mountain of garbage was….STILL THERE!!
Isn’t it ironic?
There are still too many examples for this super annoying behavior that can be considered as So Indonesian (Indonesia Banget!)..I am ashamed of saying this, but truth is truth.
Few people have taken step of their own to stop littering, they will put their litter in their bag and throwing when they see a trash bin….it’s a small step but if everyone is doing it, Indonesia will be much cleaner.
I should remind you that this happens mostly in big cities, small villages have better discipline.
See you next month to have a better look on Indonesia
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