No Drying laundry Outside of Highrise Homes

Posted: 3 December, 2008 in Babbles & Rants
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A snippet from The Star Online  ….

Multilevel Residences: No More Airing “Clean Laundry”

By: Mazwin Nik Anis

PUTRAJAYA: Those living in multilevel residences will no longer be allowed to dry their clothes in the open “where the whole world can see,” effective next year.

This follows a government decision to tackle the eye-sore problem once and for all, and to clean up the image of Malaysian cities by coming up with a guideline for both developers and residents of such buildings.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a guideline should be in place so that developers would be made responsible for preparing a special area or the proper facilities in its properties for drying clothes. …[ more @The Star Online ]


I agree, hanging your laundry hanging outside like colourful flags doesn’t look very pleasing to the eyes, be it the tourists’ or our own eyes, but if we cannot dry our laundry outside, where are we supposed to them to dry?


I live in an apartment complex where there are no special areas for the residents to dry their clothes. There’s also no clothes dryer facility around, other than sending my wet clothes to the Laundry Shop to get it dried. That’s going to be expensive. I am lucky enough to live in a very residential area, away from the city, where there won’t be so many eyes staring at my laundry when I hang them out to dry. (I try to be discreet, not wanting others see my washings, anyways). But, how about the others who live by the fringe of the city boundries? Where are they to dry their daily washings?

Like what’s suggested by the Deputy PM, the government and local authorities can help actually to reduce this eyesore by checking for drying area facilities in new apartment or condominium complexes before the plans for the projects are passed by the local authorities.

For older apartment buildings, setting up a coin operated drying facility nearby, could be a good option. The management corporation of the project should be made to set one up. These coin operated dryers should be a “non-profit” service so that the cost would be relatively cheaper than the services offered by the neighbourhood “dhobi” shop to encourage people to use this service.

However, having to penalise these people immediately for public display of their laundry, I feel is unfair. Let’s do this one step at a time. For now, I think, if the government is desparately serious to clean up the image of the city, it should first look into highrise homes within the city boundries, and penalise only those who still hangs out unsightly washing out on their balcony even when they have a special drying area provided for them.

Frankly, littering and the homeless is higher in “my” list if a cleaner city image is what I’m looking for.


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