Rubbish piles at festival stalls cause concern

Rokiah Mahmud

It has been barely a week since the festival stalls began operating, but already piles of rubbish left in several locations around Bandar Seri Begawan are ruining the celebratory atmosphere.

The capital has been receiving a steady stream of visitors every night, since the official opening of the annual festival stalls on July 15.

Within a few hours after their arrival, soft drink cans, food wrappers and plastic items are seen strewn around popular spots such as Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien and Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex.

With the disposal bins already overflowing, unwanted items would be simply placed next to the bins or thrown into the streets.

Naturally, the task of tackling the rubbish and mess left behind will fall on the sanitation workers from the Municipal Department, but because it’s their job, does not mean that the public is entitled to litter whenever they feel like it.

The public needs to be aware that Brunei Darussalam is still taking precautionary measures to curb COVID-19, so apart from observing social distancing, the citizens and residents of this country must value and practise cleanliness to avoid more cases.