Build toilets at hawker centre, council urged

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 29 Feb 2020

A general view of the hawker centre in Jalan Utama, George town.

THE Penang Hindu Association has called on Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to provide proper toilets at the hawker centre outside Penang Hospital in Jalan Utama, George Town.

Its president P. Murugiah said food operators and customers, especially the elderly, have to put up with the inconvenience due to the lack of toilet facilities.

“The stalls were built a few years ago without toilets and many senior citizens have been found urinating in the drains.

“Some of them were seen taking a long walk to the hospital building to ease themselves.

“It is bad hygiene to urinate in the drain and could lead to the spread of diseases.

“There should be mobile toilets made available.

“The local authorities insist that private food courts must have public toilets, but its own food premises here does not have a toilet,” he said.

An MBPP councillor, when contacted, said there are 40 licensed food operators doing business at the hawker centre.

“Sadly there is no provision for them to provide toilet facilities at the site,” said the councillor, who declined to be named.

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