I cleaned up my rooms at home, used a lot of water and really carried away a lot of things. To our recycling center, that is still not open often enough. Now, it is fun to move around at home, and see the freer spaces. Even my boy cleaned up his room. It looks cleaner and is more fun.
That reminds me of the article that I read yesterday, in the New Straits Times about Dirty Hands and Dirty Kitchens. Interestingly, it is not found any more in the archive, and cleaned up already by the editor.
One can nevertheless find references in the Indian newspapers available online.
The Global Hygiene Council (GHC) has found frigthening cleanliness standards in many countries. India and Malaysia are found, together, at the bottom of the list.
“In a study conducted across seven countries by the Hygiene Council, an independent agency, to throw light on hygiene practices at homes, it was found that Indian homes compared very poorly with other countries. Malaysia was the other country where there was an equally high level of bacterial contamination on in home surfaces.
The study found an alarming 100% of kitchen clothes used at homes to be highly contaminated. “95% of kitchen clothes in India were contaminated with E.coli, many at very high levels. All had unsatisfactory or heavily contaminated counts of coli forms, pseudomonas and enterobacteriaecae indicating very poor hygiene,” it said.
Worldwide, 78% of kitchen clothes were found to be heavily contaminated. Even in countries like UK- 90%and 80% in Saudi Arabia, the kitchen cloth was found to be contaminated.
Now, looking at the streets and surroundings, which are littered too often with garbage, seeing how people spit and litter, I don’t wonder about the state of the kitchens in Malaysia. I just wonder what is happening in the kitchen of restaurants – and then I start to get worried since I prefer to eat outside often.
It is negligence that runs through people’s life, all to often. Things are getting overlooked (look at the holes in the roads!), people ignore each other’s plight (there was a time, when Malaysians helped each other and stopped when they saw a car that broke down – now, no more – is it fear of getting involved?).
May be it is a global trend that shows up here, but I think that certain things look rudderless and chaotic. While this sounds gloomy, there is hope. Things always turn out around, if we start focusing on achievements and on ways of how to overcome obstacles ahead. Working together as a team or a country, brainstorming ideas, finding solutions, and just learning from mistakes. It’s one way to go. May be sometimes it is the only way. Get away from the Tidak Apa Attitude and Get Started Now, cleaning up mind and kitchen!
(wow, what a jump – starting from dirt in kitchen to solving the global confidence crisis, in just one entry!! – This is called quanum leaps, haha!)
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