Netizens fuming over vandalism of one-week-old MRT Line

The damaged faucet seen in one of the toilets at an MRT station.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA - Netizens have slammed the acts of vandalism to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line, which have happened within a week of its launch.

Many said that the perpetrators displayed a third-world mentality despite the world-class facilities offered to them, with others calling for strict punishment for the offenders.

"We have to be like Singapore whereby more fines are required and also catching the culprits and cane them like what Singapore did to American Michael Fay previously," Thomas Chan said in a Facebook comment.

Similarly, Sevar Gill said stiffer penalties, including caning, should be imposed to deter future offenders.

"Learn from neighbours. Strict enforcement always," he said in a Facebook comment.

Merrick MK handjojo said this sort of vandalism is not seen in developed countries.

Ronnie Cheam urged authorities to install more cameras since the MRT was a new project.

Adele Kwok pointed to the failure of the education system and that kids emulated their parents.

"In Japan society, cleanliness and civil discipline is inculcated and ingrained in its culture. We have a long way to go. I suggest having perpetrators do community service to clean up the damage they caused since we need to correct the adults first," he said.

Awang Selamat Karim said it didn't matter what materials were used as vandals would still damage the facilities.

He said the solution was to educate vandals about the value of public property and to teach them a sense of civic-mindedness.

"I'm pretty sure they use the same materials and building techniques as us. But there are almost no vandals there," he said in response to someone who suggested the use of stronger building materials.

Phase 1 of the line, from Sungai Buloh to the Semantan station in Kuala Lumpur, was opened in December last year, while the second phase connecting Semantan to Kajang opened last Monday.

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