KOTA KINABALU: Five of its six entries from Kota Kinabalu were among winners at the 1Malaysia National Level Clean Toilets Award 2015 held in Kuala Terengganu on Thursday.
This year’s winner of the gold medal for government office category is Women and Children Hospital Sabah and the gold medal for primary school category went to SK. St. Francis Convent.
Silver medals were won by Imago Shopping Mall for the shopping complex category, and Restoran Deli Korea for the restaurant category respectively.
Oceanus Waterfront Mall took the sole bronze medal in the shopping complex category, while Petron Ulam North Enterprise was nominated as finalist in the petrol kiosk category.
Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir, when presenting the Appreciation Certificates during a brief ceremony at City Hall on Friday, congratulated all the winners and urged them to continue the good work. Commending them for their success, the Mayor also expressed his hopes that this would not be the first and the last awards for them, but with more awards in the future.
He reminded that all toilets whether at government offices, shopping complexes, eateries, schools, petrol kiosks and others, must be kept clean at all times, not only for the benefit of users or customers, but for the owners and staff as well.
Madingkir explained that a clean toilet in shopping complexes and eateries for example, would ensure that customers would return to the premises, which also means more business for the owners.
Apart from that, he also reminded that toilets designs should be made practical for the comfort of patrons.
Madingkir also took the opportunity to call upon the management of the Kota Kinabalu International Airports (KKIA) to ensure that the toilets at the airport are clean.
The Mayor said, even though it is not under City Hall’s jurisdiction, he has received numerous complaints regarding the unsatisfactory level of cleanliness of the toilets at the airports.
According to him, KKIA, being the main entry point for tourists to the City and State, has an important role to play. The dirty condition of its toilet can affect the State’s tourism and image, besides hindering the efforts by the Government to woo more tourists.
A ‘mentor mentee’ program was also proposed to the winners by Madingkir, who suggested that winners of each categories should consider adopting others in their same category to assist them with their toilet management.
“For example, the winner of the shopping complex category can choose another shopping complex of similar ranking and ‘adopt’ their toilets,” said the Mayor.
He added that by doing so, the other shopping complexes, government offices, schools and restaurants chosen, can emulate their mentor’s success and hopefully win awards for the State in the future.