Saturday, July 21, 2012

High Tech Toilets In The City

I haven't used any of these high-tech toilets that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall installed in some parts of the city, in particular along the streets.

It seems these toilets are under-used because people just don't know how to use them or are daunted by the fancy-schmancy look.

What a waste of money! Good intentions but if people don't use them, what's the point.

I'm not surprised if people feel a little scared going into these cubicles.
Did City Hall carry a survey or study before installing these toilets? These are new things the people have got to get used to. The should be "educated" on how to use these things.

Read the story here:

AUTOMATIC Street Toilets (ATS), which are set up in populous areas, are under-used because they're considered too high-tech by city folk and tourists alike.
City Hall director-general Datuk Salleh Yusup said the council will intensify the promotion of the toilets to get more people to use these facilities.

"The one in Bukit Bintang, for example, which is a high density area, has a low usage rate.

"It is frustrating to learn that people are not using the toilets because one can use it for 15 minutes for only 20 sen. "I think people are afraid of the high-tech features of the toilet.

"We intend to change their thinking so that more will  use the toilets," he said.

Salleh said this after launching a one-day Cleanliness and Toilet Safety seminar at Menara DBKL 1 in Jalan Raja Laut recently.

"Cleanliness not only mirrors a  person's attitude, but also that of the   society. We are always working towards achieving better cleanliness in public areas, including our public toilets.

"Clean toilets in shopping complexes, restaurants, hotels and petrol stations will definitely  draw people back to these places."

"We want local and foreign tourists to not only take home fond memories of our tourist attractions such as the Petronas Twin Towers, but also sing praises of our clean toilets," said Salleh.
There are 20 units of ATS, which are disabled-friendly, in various parts of the city such as Jalan Conlay, Jalan Medan Pasar, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Jalan Pudu and Bangsar.

In an ATS, there are two cubicles with one squatting toilet and  the other a modern water closet.   

State-of-the-art sensors automatically trigger water, soap and the hand-dryer upon use.

The sensors also activate  flushing  after  use,  while the toilet seats are  automatically cleaned as well.

A buzzer will ring a minute before the 15 minutes  are up, and   the user is required to slot in another 20 sen if he or she wants to continue using the toilet.  

In the seminar, participants were told that a toilet monitoring committee will be formed by City Hall to help owners and managers of premises learn how to keep their toilets clean.

The committee, to be led by the council's Health and Environment Department, will also be made up of officers from various other departments such as Landscape and Recreation, Building Maintenance, Building Management and Urban Design.

City Hall Health and Environment Department director Dr Hayati Abdullah said in its pilot exercise, the committee will monitor the level of cleanliness and suggest ways to upgrade the toilets at three high density areas.

"The areas are Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Bukit Bintang and Bangsar Baru. We will look into the toilets in a holistic manner, from  its design and safety to its fixtures.

"Through this, we hope to reduce complaints  about unsatisfactory conditions of toilets and thus improve our image," she said, adding that the number of areas to be monitored will be expanded after the pilot exercise.

The committee will come into effect before October when City Hall's annual Clean Toilets Competition is organised.

The seminar was attended by 400 participants comprising  representatives from restaurants and hawker centres, Alam Flora, the Federal Territories Restaurant and Hawkers Association, and the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation.

Among the topics discussed were universal designs for disabled-friendly toilets, and the role of non-governmental organisations in clean toilet campaigns.

Also present at the launch of the seminar was City Hall deputy director-general (socio-economy development) Datuk Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

(source: NST Streets)


Anonymous said...

Weh Nuraina!

Ramadhan Spinning special edition ke?

either you're playing dumb or just genuinely Blind.

Go ask Jibby lah! ini bukan project jamban jutaan dia masa dia mindef / Deputy Ministed dulu?


Anonymous said...

City folks??? I think many dwellers at those areas are immigrants, squatters and PATI...

IT.Sheiss said...

This is terrible, If Malaysians are wary of using high-tech toilets, how can Malaysia become a knowledge-based, high-income nation by 2020?

These AST are competing with toilets in shopping malls which charge 20sen per entry to a foreign worker who also keeps it clean.

Seminars are not enough. City Hall should conduct practical demonstrations of using these AST which are also televised and must be shown before the start of a film in cinemas.

Also, it should change the charging rate to 20 sen per use, not 20 sen per 15 minutes.

Mustapha Ong said...

Askum Nuraina,

Salam Ramadhan and selamat berpuasa semoga semua ibadat kita akan diberkati Allah swt insyaAllah.

On the subject of public toilets, I have yet to visit one in the city but so far there is no necessity as I also visit the clean and friendly rest rooms in the hotels.(FOC)

However, Malaysians are still not civic conscious and they seldom take care of public properties and the environment. If possible, they still want to pee everywhere (men I mean)at their convenience.

Look at some areas of the KL City, they are just too many rubbish around us as people do not care and still litter as they wish, unlike in Singapore. Our campaign to keep the city clean didn't work and it's a shame to some of us who cares. Either we blame our Malaysians or the many foreign workers who do not bother to keep KL clean.

Anonymous said...

The Mayor's office must first of all learn form other countries how to collect 'sampah'. To do that they must first learn how to make 'Tong Sampah'. Just look around you will find that the Tong Sampah created by the Bandar Raya looks like a wor of artl The ones in Little India take the cake. It does not mean that Little india can only have little Tong Sampah.
Dato' Bandar,

This is how a tongsampah is created. First step you build a a circular Fixed Tong Samaph in concrete around half a meter in diameter. Then inside that concrete structure you place a moveable steel Tong Sampah. Then instruct Alam Flora to place plastic bags in the steel Tong Sampah. Have suitable cover to coover both the steel and concrete tongSampah. When you collect the rubbish you just take the plastic bag away. I am sure that is the principle used in you home to collect sampah.

And we are now 60 years old and we are still unable to have uniform and effective Tong Samaph.

In the event you have difficulties figuring out what I have to say please contact me through this blog. As a retired government servant I am will to render my service to the Bandar Raya free of charge.


anon@7:04PM: haha. tak apa-lah gua masukkan lu punya komen sebab gua ingat lu in lucu. kebodohan yang amat lucu.

Kesian nya. Ramadhan ni gua kesiankan lu.

you know the meaning of "spin"? You understand or not the new report that I have re-published


anon@10:27pm: actually, I agree...perhaps that's why these toilets are underused.

IT.Sheiss: i might check them up..

Salam Dato: One of the contributing factors, I think, is the huge (and rising) population of foreign workers in the klang valley - in the cities, especially.

I've seen how they conduct themselves. also the many "colonies" in the cities.

of course, there are the notorious selfish, uncaring Malaysians among us who have always been obstacles to making the coty a better place...

that said, our enforcement sucks!

anon@5:07PM: LOL...