June 22, 2011

Old Fashioned Floating Toilet

A lot of people would have no problems answering nature's call in places with good toilet system.

In the more rural parts of Sarawak where sewerage is still rather primitive one can really be surprised by what you get.

There can be toilets with the best flush system in some very modern longhouses where roads have been built and there are some good toilets built inthe rural schools which cost a large amount of money because of the cost of the materials having to travel thousands of miles and some by air!!

Here is one example of a very simple and convenient toilet - a toilet which uses the river to flush the sewer away ...we call it the floating toilet in Sarawak and it can still be found in many places in Sarawak.



I used to be very frightened using one when I was younger. Whenever an express boat passed by the Sungei Igan I was so terrified that the jetty and the toilet and I would be washed away by the backwash!! The Rajang River had fewer of these toilets because of the heavy traffic flow in the river ...

But the floating toilets continue to provide bathing facilities (if the water is not too polluted) as it is more private with four walls. Is it true that as our society progresses we become more inhibited?

But definitely I feel that as the society progresses our government should provide better sewerage systems and public toilets both in the rural and urban areas......at least to prevent diseases. There is definitely a need for Rest and Relaxation along the long trunk roads of Sarawak...and besides we must try our best to reduce the number of floating toilets too.

6 comments:

Yan said...

Read my floating church tomorrow! Either my blog or BP!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Sure...would be a pleasure....

Ann said...

my Wai Po had one, in fact all my relatives had them dotted along upper rejang river.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I went to Salim and took some photos...very nice durian trees etc. Very good road. you must come back and claim your land. No more floating toilets now in that area. Some birds' nest houses though.

Ann said...

Upper Lanang road will always be in my heart, it was 5 miles from town, but considered a SAN Ba.

When you went to Salim, did you see that Chinese primary school or is it gone too?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Ann....the primary school there is doing very well. Dr. Gregory Hii and his brother and group of friends did up the school to make it very progressive. If I am not mistaken there is another primary school there. The secondary school did well for a well but I think it is still there. Teachers used to go to these schools by boat now they drive or use motorbikes......Will put up some photos...Also lots of birds nest houses (to your dismay..and mine too.)