At the height of the tuberculosis epidemic in the 1960s and 70s, signages reminding the public not to spit was abundant. Decades later, we are back at this habit. Is it so innate in us that we cannot hold back the urge to spit in public?
Everyday we can witness this habitual routine from the Malaysian public, even at restaurants! Despite the influenza epidemic, many do not care much about holding back. Although spitting is often associated with feelings of disgust, yet many people indulge in this ritual.
Is it the fault of the education system that such basic manners are not instilled in our young?
This is an opportune time to revive this long forgotten campaign of “Jangan meludah di merata-rata”, starting from schools to the general public.