Long overdue, unhygienic public facilities such as dirty toilets might soon be a thing of the past.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has instructed local authorities to intensify their enforcement on public areas to ensure they are clean and hygienic in an effort to put an end to dirty public toilets, rat-infested premises and smelly drains.
This was one of the issues discussed at the Local Government Council meeting chaired by Ahmad Zahid as the Government looks for measures to strengthen and improve services of local authorities and take steps to safeguard the environment.
The DPM said to attain hygienic conditions, local authorities must compel owners of commercial premises to install oil traps, ensure cleanliness of toilets and stop rat infestation.
“All these are issues affecting public health and we want these to be addressed, not only through education and awareness programmes but also through effective enforcement,” he said after the meeting yesterday.
Unfortunately, Malaysia has been infamous for its stinking public toilets although the situation has somewhat improved through the years.
If only we all adopt the attitude of V Komathy who said the only way to keep public toilets clean is to treat them the way you would at home.
Komathy, 45, received due recognition as the cleaner of Ipoh City Council’s award-winning toilets.
The council won the gold in the 1Malaysia Clean Toilets Awards organised by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
If the Ipoh council’s toilet facility in Buntong can do it, then all public toilets can provide the same clean and hygienic washroom experience. Like Komathy said, it’s only a matter of attitude.