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The Trash Left Behind by COVID-19: An Overdue Overhaul of Waste Disposal Management
The COVID-19 pandemic has put nations to the test, exacerbating issues that have been on the back burner and forcing the hands of leaders to reckon with these challenges. It is estimated that over ten million face masks are being used and discarded daily in Malaysia. Food packaging and shopping bags have compounded this issue as the economy resorts to non-contact deliveries.
In essence, the pandemic has caused a skyrocket in solid waste production. Urbanised and rural states alike are forced to turn to online consumerism, with the current health climate fuelling new single-use necessities such as sanitary wipes and plastic take-away boxes. Despite the adoption of a “new norm”, the government is yet to provide guidance on the safe disposal of items such as disposable face masks.
The Ideal for Unity: Navigating Human Rights and Malaysia’s Compromising History
While Malaysia celebrates its 64th birthday, the Malaysian national identity remains fractured by language and a mindset where one’s nationality is subservient to racial boundaries. Such tones are reflected in the media and the public sphere where interactions are shrouded in racial undertones which stem from ethno-compromises created since the formation of the country.
Building a nation with a common language and history is an inevitable and unpleasant struggle. Realising this in the 21st century requires a genuine self-conceived Malaysian philosophy with a vision to help her fellow citizens, regardless of background. From there, Malaysia’s own brand of human rights can legitimise a change of virtues and correct past oversights in its historical development.