KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15, 2016:
The issue involving toilets at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (P) St. George, Macalister Road, Penang — which was said to charge 30 sen per usage —that went viral on social media as well as gaining the attention of Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, has been solved.
According to Penang Education Department (JPPP) director Shaari Osman, the school had imposed charges on only a few toilets.
He said that the other toilets in the school were free to be used without charge by students.
“However, I asked that the charges imposed on the toilets to be stopped immediately.
“The school has conceded and starting today no charges will be imposed on all its toilets,” he said in a statement posted on his official Facebook account today.
The issue received great attention from netizens after it was publisised on the Penang Kini website.
Mahdzir urged the JPPP to take immediate action on the matter.
Based on the statement posted on the webpage, the school said that the decision to impose the charges was initially made by the Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) and Alumni.
The website also questioned the rational behind the imposed charges as public schools in the country already have cleaning contracts funded by the federal government.