Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Most Polluted River

The authority in Bandung, West Java, tried hard to keep the city clean by arresting four women who danced in their underwear on New Year's eve. But unfortunately they have forgotten to clean their river. Here is a related article quoted from The Jakarta Post.

Two scavengers search for plastic garbage in Citarum River, Baleendah in Bandung on Sunday. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has declared the 270 kilometer river as the world’s most polluted river. (Antara/Rezza Estily)


colson said...

It's a striking contrast indeed.

Actually I think all over the world authorities who fail to improve the standard of living of common people, indulge in moralizing and disciplining them in stead.

(a very good reason to attack them by satire, irony, sarcasm and ridicule -lol)

Forum Indonesia said...

It is the same thing everywhere I think, I think the governments instead of moral policing should try to save our environment. Our environment is certainly in a very bad condition

H. Nizam said...


It's a sample of effort by authorities to divert people's attention from realities in life.

Satire, irony, sarcasm and ridicule are safest way to do that.

H. Nizam said...

Forum Indonesia,

You are right my friend. Moral is important but the authority should not forget their obligation to improve the condition of the area.

ranfuchs said...

The same word means different things to different people. Here is the word 'clean'

What about the activists in England that poisoned a lake to stop hunters?

What about pro-life people that stop abortion by murder.

Strange species we are indeed.

H. Nizam said...


Thank you for dropping by.

Yes, people tend to do things that are contradictory to defend what they think is right for them.

analou said...

There are many rivers in my homeland that needs attention from our government but if I am not mistaken not as dirty as the one you mention but will surely become one if it is taken for granted. I hope people will realize how much they ruin our nature.

Anonymous said...

Our priorities are not the same.

Some people want good.

some want money, some want power and they trample the good to get it.
unfortunately they usually win.

I guess all we can do is keep trying for the good.


H. Nizam said...


Yes, let us hope that the authority will do their job i.e. enforcing the environmental law so that people will be more aware about the need to have clean river.

Rob Baiton said...


Polluted rivers or polluted minds? I guess the authorities have decided that polluted minds are the more "clear and present danger" in the grand scheme of things.

And to think that Jakartans used to flee from Jakarta and go to Bandung in order to escape the pollution of the capital.

Oh well!

H. Nizam said...


Considering that the river concerns everyone living in the city and neighboring area it is important that the authority and citizens are aware about the danger of dirty rivers i.e. spread of decease, flood

H. Nizam said...


Polluted minds can obstruct people from doing more important jobs and do lesser ones instead.

Thanks fo dropping by.

Luke said...

Dancing Girls Vs Dirty Rivers, you can see the priority here. This country never fails to amuse or is it bemuse me...

H. Nizam said...


These saddening realities have often over shadowed so many good things.

umihoney said...

To me civic conscience is basic..we learn about hygiene whether its self,home or environment from parents and teachers from our early days.Similarly about cleanliness,be it physical or spiritual. Everyone has to be conscious of it as members of family,community and nation at large.It won't work if everyone expect other people to take care of it.In Islam its fundamental to be clean and we should expect an Islamic majority nation to have the least problem with cleanliness no? Just my 2cents worth opinion.

H. Nizam said...

Umi Honey,

I agree that as citizens we should be aware and keep ourselves and our surroundings clean, both physically and morally.
But unfortunately, sometimes the authorities give priority to clean the moral part but forgot the physical part.

Thank you for your kind comment.