Put toilet wastes to good use, says minister

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 Apr 2004

KUCHING: Waste from toilets could be regenerated as fertiliser through good biotechnology and environmental know-how, said Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew. 

He said such waste should be properly disposed of so as not to pose a health hazard. 

“The toilet is a measure of our country’s willingness to clean up its own backyard for the people to live longer and enjoy a cleaner environment,” he said at the opening of a toilet cleanliness seminar and exhibition at the Sarawak Tourism Complex yesterday. 

Lau’s speech was read out by state Assistant Minister for Public Health Dr Soon Choon Teck. 

The event was jointly organised by the federal ministry, Sarawak Environment and Public Health Ministry and Sarawak Development Institute in conjunction with a national campaign on toilet cleanliness. 

Lau said good toilets were a necessity as part of the tourism infrastructure, and their hygiene was vital to check the spread of diseases. 

He also said that public toilets often contained graffiti which sometimes was a reflection of social issues, frustrations and trends in the society besides being a form of vandalism. 

In opening the event, state Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk William Mawan Ikom said the state toilet management committee headed by him had considered several guidelines to improve the condition of public toilets. 

These guidelines include dual flushing system, the provision of hand railings for squatting toilets, hand dryers and soaps. 

Later, Mawan told reporters that although there were clean public toilets, others were in a deplorable state that needed improvement. 

He said private contractors would have their contracts revoked if they failed to maintain the cleanliness of public toilets. 

Likewise, coffeeshops and other food outlets with dirty toilets might face difficulties in renewing their licences, he added 

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