Friday, October 06, 2006

Be prepared to lose your Appetite....



Can you smell it? If only the net could capture the odurs as well it would better bring my point across. Readers from overseas would find this posting a bit hilarious, but if any have visited Malaysia, you would understand why we Malaysians would rather hold our piss then to visit a..........Public toilet. Ahhhhh the mere mention of these two words have put me off my lunch!!!

I intend sometime after my travelling schedule this month to visit all the schools in my suburb. Perhaps take some pictures of the toilets our children use everyday. I visited my son in school during his recess and could hardly breathe. He was about 30 feet from the toilet and the stench was......."public toiletish". We cannot keep clean public toilets if our schools in Malaysia do not insist on keeping clean toilets. These children will become working adults who will be used to and accept...... this standard of public toilets. The Ministry of Education must come up with strict guidelines to
ensure the school or PTA do whatever necessary to maintain a level of hygiene and cleaniness.
Some ideas include: 1) subcontracting out the cleaning to outside companies which can provide opportunities for cronies to make more money.
2) Simply having running water in urinals especially during high usage times
3) Jet hosting the entire toilet with anti bacterial and water at least twice a day.
4) Teaching kids proper toilet use and thought for the person coming after..
5) Having some classes take turns in cleaning toilets, perhaps for older children. (practical in domestic studies 101)

I must say that the PLUS highway rest areas have been able to maintain an acceptable level of cleaniness which proves that it is possible to have clean public toilets.

In November, I shall make my survey of schools in my area and post the results here!!!

Till then, hope your appetite comes back for dinner.

10 comments:

CHEAH WENG SUN said...

that was one helluva post !!!

hm said...

YUCKS !!!

Meng said...

Interestingly enough both of you are no longer living in Malaysia. You may have forgotten how bad toilets can be. My wife from who lived her first 15 years in Singapore still cannot get used to Malaysian toilets. Its uniquely ...us.

PabloPabla said...

I had wanted to do a "toilet post" but you beat me to it! LOL!

Back in secondary school in Kuching, the classes take turns to wash the toilets everyday. So, the toilets are quite clean actually. :)

CHEAH WENG SUN said...

fact is : 'how could you have sacrificed yourself standing there with the camera in hand ???' duh!!!

Meng said...

pablopabla; maybe you take some pics of school toilets in your area, and I will do those in my area. Careful to ensure its off school hours or you maybe mistaken for a peeping tom.

hm said...

I very clearly remember our disgusting toilets in LSPJ primary school... To this day, i have no idea why they were so stinking. Were they never cleaned ? Or did the kids do things in all the wrong places ?

andre said...

on this blog you have unpleasant photos of toilets...on your other blog, you have photos of mongolian dishes. It's hard to enjoy the other blog when I have the images of this blog firmly planted in my mind.

PabloPabla said...

Har? Toilet vigilantes?

I think I will reserve my camera for nasi kandar and stuffs like that. Good food might turn out foul if I start taking potty pictures :)

Meng said...

Ha, you funny, Andre....I should put a caution, to not move to food and travel blog after reading this.