By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, Sept 4: Sweeping the public toilet floor filled with filthy waste water will soon be a thing of the past for hawkers or members of the public in Bintawa area.
This is because the RM180,000 renovation and upgrading works for the public toilets sitting in between Bintawa Hawker Centre and Bintawa Wet Market at Jalan Daya has begun.
Kuching South City (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng who made a visit at the construction site today revealed how shocked but impressed he was at one time when he visited the hawker centre, to see people carrying a broom before entering the public toilet.
“Initially, I thought these people wanted to clean the toilet after every use so I was feeling quite happy and proud of them. However, after speaking to them, I was told they had to sweep the filthy water out before entering the toilet otherwise they cannot use it.
“Apparently, the waste water for this public toilet flushes out instead of going in. After they use the toilet, they had to rush out as fast as they can,” Wee revealed.
As this is quite an area and looking at the situation faced by the hawkers and public here, Wee said the MBKS decided to prioritise and expedite the project due to its urgency.
The public toilet was built in 1994, together with Bintawa Hawker Centre (12 stalls) and Bintawa Wet Market (33 stalls).
Wee also disclosed that site was handed over to contractors on Aug 22 and it will take about 12 weeks for them to complete.
Meanwhile, there is also a temporary toilet just next to it, which people can use while the renovation is on going.
Wee also assured that MBKS will look into all the requests, complaints or feedback from the public on issues within the area and fulfill its promise to help the rakyat.-DayakDaily