Singapore public toilet culture needs improvement

This is taken from National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore website:

Criteria for a Singapore’s OK Public Toilet

Ensure all sanitary pipes and fittings are in good working condition.
Provide soap and toilet paper.
Provide a working hand-dryer or paper towels.
Provide litter bin.
Provide sanitary bin for female toilet.
Provide a cleaner during peak hours.
Display cleaning schedule prominently with a contact number to report lapses.

Public toilets in shopping malls, hotels, fastfood restaurants and some foodcourts are OK but not coffee shop toilets. 80% of Singaporeans live in public housing, and generally they patronise the neighbourhood coffee shops.

Based on NEA criteria most of our coffee shop toilets would be rated NO K. These are aspirations I’m aware but isn’t public health considered important?

The next time you get a tummy upset after eating in a coffee shop, the cause might be linked to its filthy toilet.

How’d NEA and the Health Ministry respond I wonder?


One Response to “Singapore public toilet culture needs improvement”

  1. Happened in a public loo in Stratford-On-Avon, England. Many poets living there.

    Paying tuppence for a loo visit, the morning queue was long outside. Door was locked an after a while still no one came out. An impatient chap bashed the door down.

    Inside the loo, on the floor, was a dead man. On the wall were these words,
    “Here lie I,
    Broken hearted,
    Paid tuppence,
    But only farted…

    In a Singapore toilet, the chap would have done his business quicker than a wink. And would still have died… of poison gas!
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

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