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Jakarta Post

`Flush it,' frustrated toilet operators tell oblivious public

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 3 2009   /  01:46 pm

Needing to go: Two children hang out in a toilet block in Petojo Binatu, Central Jakarta. Many public toilets in Jakarta are ill-kept and exist in a smelly and dirty condition. JP/PRODITA SABARINI Feeling dissatisfied with typically dirty and smelly public toilets in Jakarta, city residents have no option but to keep paying money to use the toilets in emergency situations. But who is to blame for the poor service? The public toilet operators or the government, which leaves the public toilet maintenance to the private sector? Or other parties? Naning Adisowo, chairwoman of the Indonesian Toilet Association (ATI), blamed no one, saying the main reason it was difficult to maintain clean public toilets in Indonesia was the public's misleading mind-set about toilets. "Many Indonesian still think toilets are merely a place to dump human waste," she told T...