Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Malaysian public toilets flunk cleanliness test

AP - Tuesday, November 23
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – An official says Malaysia's public toilets are still flunking the government's cleanliness tests despite public awareness campaigns.

The official with the Housing and Local Government Ministry says authorities found half of more than 5,700 toilets in schools, restaurants, shopping malls and other places were not clean and hygienic.

He says only 7 percent of the toilets inspected earlier this year got the maximum five stars. More than 51 percent of the toilets received only one or two stars. The best toilets got cash prices Monday at a celebration of World Toilet Day.

He says it was "disappointing" as the image of the country and people's health were at stake. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, citing protocol.

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