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Flush with Success

Tourism and Culture Minister's Wife Launches National Clean Toilet Campaign.

(1/19/2008) As a concrete element of the current Visit Indonesia Year 2008 (VIY 2008) movement, the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism has established a special task force for cleaner toilets headed by Trisna Wacik, the wife of Minister Jero Wacik.

According to Ibu Wacik quoted in Bisnis Indonesia, her clean toilet campaign requires the active participation of the general public in order to make VIY 2008 a success. Explain Ibu Wacik, "the program launched last year focused on cleaner toilets at international airports in Indonesia, but this year we will widen the effort to include tourism destinations and we hope the public will participate by safeguarding the cleanliness of public toilets in malls and other places."

Serious in making her program for clean toilets a success, Ibu Wacik has joined forces with the Indonesian Association of Toilets (ATI) while reminding all concerned that cleanliness of public lavatories will also provide a positive reflection of Indonesia's national culture.

The Department of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with ATI have published a booklet of guidelines for clean toilets. "International standards provided by the World Toilet Association," explained Ibu Wacik, "stipulate that toilers should use sensors linked to automatic flushing devices, toilet doors should open to the outside and toilet stall doors should begin 20 cm above the floor."

Ibu Wacik told Bisnis Indonesia: "I hope the 'clean toilet' program can become a national movement, such as the tree planting program launched last year by Indonesia's First Lady Ani Yudhoyono. We must protect the environment by planting trees and our national image by safeguarding cleanliness and public order."