From left: Lim Lip Eng and Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun (Photo from Sin Chew Daily)
Source: http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles (By Noel Achariaml, 8/8/2010)
Almost half of the
The matter was recently highlighted by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who claimed that at least 10 of the AST were faulty. A check by Streets yesterday found eight out of the 10 toilets identified by the two MPs were not working. The one at Laman Budaya, near Istana Budaya, kept rejecting the coins, and the rest had notices on the doors stating that they were under maintenance. The faulty ASTs are located in Jalan Bukit Bintang, near McDonald's and near Lot 10; Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, near the Bangkok Bank; Jalan Pudu, near Puduraya; Jalan Telawi 1 in Bangsar; Jalan Ara Kiri 1 in Bangsar; and Jalan Hang Tuah, near the monorail station.
Student Hafiz Khir, 23, said City Hall should not have spent so much money to build the ASTs if it could not maintain them. "The ASTs were built with taxpayers' money. City Hall should be more prudent with their spending," he said. Hawker Eddy Malik, 33, who has a stall near the Jalan Ara Kiri 1 AST, said City Hall should conduct regular checks at all the ASTs. "The AST here has been out of order for weeks. We have seen some contractors coming to inspect the AST, but nothing was done," he said. Tourist Azigai Mona, 21, from the
Lim, who visited the AST in front of the
The ASTs were built by Tetuan GHB Bathroom Products Sdn Bhd. The first AST was built in 2006 in Jalan Bukit Bintang. Each of the prefabricated AST comes with two cubicles featuring one squat toilet and one modern western water closet. State-of-the-art sensors automatically trigger water, soap and the hand-dryer upon use. The sensors also activate the flush after each use and the toilet seats automatically cleaned. The ASTs, which are disabled-friendly, also have a pull-down table for diaper-changing.