THE price per entry to public toilets located within hawkers centres has not increased for decades. This is despite the fact that all public services and consumables have seen a jump in cost.
The sum collected for use of the toilets is obviously insufficient to pay for the replacement of toilet rolls and hand-washing soap on a daily basis. That is why these toilets are poorly run and maintained.
If there is also an intention to let out these toilets for people to earn an income, then the operating model has to be overhauled because the current operators are obviously not incentivised. It is not uncommon to see unmanned stations.
Christopher Tang Wei Ling