PUTRAJAYA - The majority of public toilets in the country are still dirty, according to an audit carried out on 10,257 of these facilities.
Of the many public toilets around the country, only 3 per cent have five-star rating for hygiene while 61 per cent have been rated with two stars or less.
The audit was carried out by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry in the first six months of this year.
The audit showed that only 3.41 per cent, or 350 public toilets, were given five-star ratings, 1,207 (11.77 per cent) had four stars, 2,421 (23.6 per cent) three stars, 2,733 (26.65 per cent) two stars, 2,460 (23.98 per cent) one star and 1,086 (10.59 per cent) failed to make the cut.
"We feel that the statistics are way below our expectations and needs to be improved.
"This is a very important issue, especially with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 around the corner, so I appeal to the public and all local councils to ensure that toilets are not only clean but also present a good image of our country," Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said after launching the World Toilet Day celebrations, here, yesterday.
It was revealed that no food premises were chosen for the gold prize under the ministry's 1Malaysia Clean Toilet Awards 2013.
The awards - under various categories, including schools, places of worship, government offices and shopping malls - were introduced in 2010 to recognise premises with exemplary toilet maintenance.
Abdul Rahman said the evaluation committee for the awards left the top prize under the restaurant category vacant because none had satisfied the requirements for the gold prize.
"The mission to have clean toilets is the responsibility of all, not just local councils," he said, adding that the Government had allocated RM2.5mil to upgrade existing public toilets or build new ones this year.
It is learned that the rating for public toilets was made against a checklist of basic criteria, including cleanliness, maintenance, ventilation, and provision of sanitising equipment, among others.
The total score collected determined the star rating for the toilets.