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Foreign tourist couple cleaning their toddler publicly irks KK folks

KOTA KINABALU: A Facebook user took it to her social media when she witnessed a tourist couple cleaning their toddler openly in a mall here, today.

Edrie MC, 35, took a photo of the incident and posted it on her Facebook account, catching the attention of others who expressed their annoyance.

The photo was accompanied with a post, which Edrie wrote:

"The sight that makes me cringe every single time. Public urination (or) defecation and this time inside a mall where there is visible toilet signages and information counter.

"There is also a child changing room (or) nursery in Metrojaya (maybe need to have more).

"Yes, they’re tourists. Maybe we need signage not just in English (or) Bahasa Malaysia," she expressed.

When contacted, Edrie who works with a travel tour agency said the incident took place at about 1.30pm near the elevator area on the ground floor of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall here.

According to her, she saw the couple believed to be foreign tourists with their child at a corner, adding the husband and wife were believed to be changing the child's diaper.

"The toilet is just nearby. I didn't see whether the child has peed but this is often the case I encountered especially among Chinese tourists.

"The parents will just grab their child and open their pants so they can pee there (in the open). Such public urination also happens at Gaya Street," she said.

Edrie said she believed the family were not locals based on their language and accent.

As such public display has become rampant, Edrie said malls and other public places should have big toilet or nursery signages.

"We have a lot of tourists coming in like from China, Japan, and South Korea. Maybe we should put up more signages in various languages so the tourists are aware of the facilities around them," she said.