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In search of the cleanest public toilet

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Cambodia has been asked to compete for the Asean Public Toilet Award. KT/Mai Vireak

The Tourism Ministry is looking for the cleanest public restroom in Cambodia to be the country’s candidate for next year’s Asean Public Toilet Award.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon last week issued a letter inviting cities and provinces to apply and possibly be selected as Cambodia’s representative for the contest to be held in conjunction with the Asean Tourism Forum in Vietnam.

He noted that the ministry’s National Committee for Clean City Assessment will vet the respective restrooms to determine if they meet the government’s guideline on clean and hygienic toilets.

Lang Solina, a ministry official, said yesterday that it is the first time that Asean has invited Cambodia to send a candidate for the public toilet contest.

He noted that public toilets have to be provided to benefit people and also tourists.

“When people go for a walk, they really need the convenience of a clean public toilet,” Mr Solina said. “Even if our public toilets cannot yet match the standards of those in other countries, we are happy that Asean has invited us to take part in the contest.”

“It is a good way to promote clean and hygienic toilets,” he added.

Last year, the Tourism Ministry launched a campaign to install at least two public toilets in each city and district nationwide in a bid to compete in regional clean city contests to improve sanitation and welcome an expected increase of international tourists.

Song Rachana, a resident living in Phnom Penh, said yesterday that some tourist spots do not have clean toilets yet.

“When we go for a holiday to the provinces, some places have clean public toilets because they have someone cleaning them daily, but some places are not clean,” he said.

In June, the Tourism Ministry introduced guidelines for tourism businesses, especially in the coastal areas, to ensure the development of sustainable and quality tourism.

The ministry guidelines included provisions relating to clean toilets and proper drainage systems. Businesses were given up to the end of the year to comply.

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