Beside littering, another aspect of cleanliness in Singapore that needs to be tackled is the state of its public toilets.
Except for the ones at Changi Airport and some better-run shopping centres, most public toilets are in a deplorable state.
Many of these poorly maintained ones also collect a toll for the use of the toilets.
Are those who sit outside the toilets collecting the toll just "gatekeepers"? Why is there a need for them? Or are they janitors?
If so, why are the toilets so filthy? There has been a decrease in toilet graffiti, but other issues remain.
At some toilets with gatekeepers, there is a glaring absence of basic amenities like toilet paper. Toilet paper holders originally in the cubicles have been yanked out in some toilets and toilet paper is being sold by some gatekeepers.
Some doors also cannot be closed or locked properly.
What is being done to clean up public toilets? The bad state they are in will leave a bad impression on visitors to Singapore.
- Anthony Ng Seet Boo
This article was first published on Feb 16, 2015.
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