A NEW toilet facility at the Lubuk Timah hot springs in Simpang Pulai is a delight to visitors.
The public toilet, with tiled bathrooms and lavatories, has four cubicles each for men and women.
It replaces a much smaller and dilapidated toilet nearby, which had been there for over 15 years.
The three-month old new toilet, which is open from 8am to 7pm —only on weekends, is in good sanitary condition, thanks to its 65-year-old caretaker Talib Dahaman, an ex-farmer from nearby Kampung Tanjung.
He cleans the toilet every weekend and does not charge people for using the toilet built by the state government.
In return, he collects RM2 for parking at the popular hot springs on weekends.
“The toilet, which has piped water supply, helps visitors to observe hygiene.
Welder R. Murugam, a regular visitor at the hot springs, said he was happy with the cleanliness of the toilet.
“I come here to specifically enjoy the natural environment but access to toilets and their cleanliness are important too.
“The facility here is certainly better than the average Malaysian public toilet,” said the 21-year-old from Tambun.
College student Azrin Raihan Osman also agreed that the toilet was well maintained.
“Everything is in good order except for the water flow which is inconsistent,” said Azrin, who enjoyed a cool shower after a dip in the hot springs.
According to Talib, the inconsistent water flow was due to inconsiderate users who leave the taps running in some of the cubicles.
“I have been reminding visitors not to waste water and cause inconvenience to others.
“Hopefully, they won’t take the facility for granted,” said Talib.