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"Way" Off Topic...but a good rule to follow when traveling to Malaysia
DawnTiki
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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
Posts: 1675
From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2003-08-13 1:22 pm   Permalink

Malaysia Says Don't Cook, Wash in Toilets
Wed Aug 13,11:53 AM ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Officials in a southern Malaysian state will soon enforce a new law that forbids people to wash clothes, cook or light a fire in public toilets, a news report said Wednesday.



The law will allow fines of up to 1,000 ringgit (US $263) for anyone deemed to have abused restroom facilities, said Low Boon Hong, a government official in Johor state, 300 miles south of Kuala Lumpur.


Offenses under the law include failing to flush, vandalism, spitting and littering as well as more irregular behavior in toilets such as bathing, cooking, washing clothes and lighting fires.


 
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inkylouise
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Joined: May 18, 2002
Posts: 523
From: las vegas
Posted: 2003-08-13 2:01 pm   Permalink

Let me tell you about Malaysian toilets from first hand experience.

Generally they are a porcelein platform about 4" off the ground with a hole in the middle and 2 foot shapes, either side, to put your feet on. By "flushing", they mean the garden hose that is laying on the side that you are supposed to wash the whole thing down with after you are done.

The design is all based on strict Islamic laws.


 
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kahukini
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Joined: Mar 28, 2002
Posts: 555
From: Saint Louis
Posted: 2003-08-13 2:02 pm   Permalink

On first glance it's funny, but then you realize that the reason people are doing things in these public restrooms is because they are homeless or don't have running water in their shack.

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Tiki_Bong
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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Posted: 2003-08-13 2:33 pm   Permalink

I (I know this seem odd) completely agree with Kahukini. It's not as though these people prefer to do this, it's just that they have no other options.

When you have nothing, your standards are forced to be lowered.


    
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DawnTiki
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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
Posts: 1675
From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2003-08-13 2:37 pm   Permalink

Funny? No, what I find funny is people make laws addressing the wrong issues. If there is a need for public facilities for the homeless and the poor......what would be a good option? I know, a 263.00 fine? I don't mean to be a bummer but the human race is doomed!




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inkylouise
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2003-08-13 3:12 pm   Permalink

I don't think that homelessness is why this law came about.

Speculation only....I think that is probably part of the problem but the law there is run by Muslims(60% of the population), and there is a large mix including Buddhist and Hindus. When I was there, I sensed a huge clash of cultures, between these groups, in every way, down to these basic WC rules. I think that the underlying message is a cultural crackdown.

A homeless Muslim, which there are many in Malaysia, would be disgusted at any of the violations discussed there, and would never even think to perform them. They would starve before using a toilet for cooking.


 
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DawnTiki
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Joined: Sep 01, 2002
Posts: 1675
From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2003-08-13 3:39 pm   Permalink

I'm sorry guys, I try to keep it light and fluffy. Guess I'm not feeling to fluffy today. Really...I hope I didn't bum anyone out -

 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5819
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2003-08-14 3:30 pm   Permalink

I think I'll just go to Hawaii.

 
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