Friday, April 24, 2009

Tourists turned off by dirty toilets

IT is a stinking problem and one that has left some tourists unhappy about their holiday in Sabah -- dirty public toilets.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun is hoping that everyone will do their bit to keep toilets clean as it will be impossible for local authorities to do so on their own.

"I have received feedback from tourists on dirty toilets. Together with the local authorities, we must educate the locals on how to use toilets properly. We must love our washrooms.

"My ministry has, through the Sabah Tourism Board, upgraded public toilets along the Ranau-Sandakan road over the last two years," he said in his winding-up speech following the debate on the motion of thanks to the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah's speech.

A campaign called "Toilet Ops" has also been implemented by the ministry through the Environmental Action Committee with the cooperation of the Quality Restroom Association Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the state government plans to introduce free Internet access in a move to keep up with globalisation trends that require communities to be knowledgeable on wide-ranging issues.

State Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai said the service was expected to be in place in Kota Kinabalu by next year

Source : NST
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