Monday, May 18, 2009


I remembered a few years back when he was officiating an education fair in Sibu. I was representing my university to help support the booth. He came to our booth and I told the officer in charge of my university that I have no interest to shake his hands so please do it instead. My idol when knowing where we came from talked in great lengths about how he was at my university last few weeks ago, explaining how it is like and so on. My idol was showing off how much he knows about my university. Unfortunately, what he explained was the other university and not the one we are idol indeed. That's why he is my idol.

We also found out that the organizers are giving away gui ling gao (Chinese Herbal Jelly) to universities which rent booths for the entire weekend and did not want to give us because we only did it for 1 day. The university officer was angry that they were so stingy and declared he would never again join any education fairs organized by that particular organizer. Hehe...

Toilet king of Malaysia calls it a day

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s “toilet king” is stepping down next month after a five-year reign.

Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, who earned the nickname for his tireless effort in fighting for clean public toilets in the country, said: “It is an unfinished business but I have to move on.”

Unfinished business: Lau is giving up the seat as the chairman of Quality Restroom Association Malaysia (QRAM) as he became the Deputy Transport Minister last month.

The 67-year-old accountant-turned-politician was inducted into the Housing and Local Government Ministry’s clean toilet campaign when he was the deputy minister in 2004.

His mission came to an end when he was appointed Deputy Transport Minister last month.

Lau is best remembered for setting up the first toilet association in Malaysia — Quality Restroom Assocation Malaysia (QRAM) — of which he has been chairman since its inception in 2005.

The Sibu MP said he is not seeking re-election at the QRAM annual general meeting to be held next month.

He said it is time for the Government to wield the stick on the country’s 148 local authorities so that they were serious in making sure that the 250,000 public toilets within their jurisdictions are clean.

“Only 60 local authorities took part in a star-rating programme for public toilets last year,” he lamented.



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