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‘Vital for local councils to beef up enforcement’
Posted on : 18 Jun 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post

SIBU: The local councils have to strengthen their enforcement teams before the Ministry of Local Government and Housing includes cleanliness of toilets as among the conditions for renewal of licence for coffeeshops and restaurants.

Otherwise, it would be as good as not having any requirement at all, said Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.

He said this when asked to comment on the federal Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government’s intention to study a proposal for local authorities to make cleanliness of toilets a requirement for restaurants to renew their licences.

Its secretary-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek said it had been proposed for restaurants to must have four-star toilets before their licences could be renewed, as part of initiatives to improve the cleanliness of public toilets under the local authorities.

However, this is still at the proposal stage and no decision has been made so far.

Mohammad was reported to have said this at the opening of the new concept toilets at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on Friday.

Penguang, who is Marudi assemblyman, remarked: “It is too early for me to make any constructive or meaningful comments as these are still only proposals by the federal ministry.

“We will see how they go and will decide to do so, or otherwise, later. We must, however, strengthen our enforcement team to be able to enforce the said conditions.”

On another matter, Penguang said heavier compounds must be strictly enforced and imposed on litterbugs to prevent littering.

However, he said such punitive measures would be the least necessary if members of the public could change their mindset and emulate the positive habits of the people in many Western countries.

“If we were to progress, we must change our Third World mentality – in every aspect.”