The Malaysian government is at its wit’s end to ensure that public toilets and those of commercial establishments, particularly eating places are kept clean. Malaysians in general are embarrassingly incapable of using public toilets as they should be used. To counter negative impressions of foreign tourists, state-of-art toilets, costing RM 400,000 a piece were introduced in tourist hot-spots in
Foreign tourists have complained of footprints on toilet seats, and wet floors. They perceive that many Malaysians have not quite got used to sitting while doing their business. However, it is more of fear of contracting infectious diseases from the seats that are used by so many people. Hence, the footprints.
Foreigners’ comments on Malaysians’ use of toilets:
- WE westerners must be a bit gross: They do squat (over a “hole in the ground), and they wash instead of using toilet paper. That’s easier if you squat. Forcing them to climb toilet seats makes life difficult for them. Hence the “water everywhere”.
- I encountered the “footprints on the seat” scenario when I was in
with the US Army. Iraqis (and Malaysians, apparently) aren’t accustomed to sitting, and so squat with their feet firmly planted on the seat. Iraq
- I understand that there are different ways to use the toilet… However, when I go into the lady’s restroom and find yellow sprinkles and brown smudges on the toilet seat, I feel ill. Why should I have to clean up after others just to relieve myself?
Still on the subject of toilets, there are some toilets in other parts of the world that apparently evoke emotions known only to those who use them.
Toilet bowls with flower motifs to inspire love of nature
Receptacle to inspire users to sing or whistle while evacuating liquid waste
Trust the Japanese to come up with an innovative design for use in our private moments
Those with artistic inclinations would remain here longer than usual
Pampering the ladies
Lovers of marine life would be pleased with the bowl on the left
Those with height disability would enjoy this
But the most expensive toilet in the world? The