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Ban on Malaysians lifted after defecation incident

 | August 19, 2017

Facebook users apologise to operator of Vitti Lodge & Family Apartment in Osaka, Japan after a Malaysian guest allegedly defecates in the shower.

vitti-lodge-3PETALING JAYA: The operator of a homestay in Japan has agreed to lift a ban on Malaysians from staying there after Facebook users apologised profusely for a Malaysian guest who allegedly defecated into the drainage hole of its shower room.

Mohammad Soffi Roslan, who is a partner at the Osaka-based Vitti Lodge & Family Apartment, told FMT this when asked about a Facebook post about the incident at the homestay’s page yesterday.

“I spoke to my partner about this issue and as Muslims we know we should not hold on to grudges against others,” he said.

He added that they will welcome Malaysians again, but will be cautious and may impose additional cleaning fees on rowdy guests who vandalise their facilities in the future.

Earlier the homestay operators posted a message on Facebook saying all Malaysians were barred from the premise after an alleged incident on Wednesday, in which a homestay staff was said to have been assaulted by a guest who defecated in the shower room.

“To all Malaysian who are visiting Japan! shower room’s are only used for taking shower and washing your body, you cant poop in it (don’t shit in the shower rooms). Be polite and give a good picture about Malaysian and your people (sic),” the post said.

“This is the 3rd time (this has) happened in our guest house by Malaysian guests,” the online post read.

The homestay operator said they had already blacklisted visitors from mainland China and Korea, and now Malaysians had been added to the list.

By late afternoon today, the post had gathered 186 shares and 172 comments.

Most Facebook users who commented, apologised for the alleged behaviour of the Malaysians as well as praised the operator’s good service.

Soffi added that the ban, had it come into effect, would have caused inconvenience to others who had booked the homestay well in advance.

“Room reservations are full until February 2018, and it would be a pity for those who had earlier reserved for their trips,” he said.

Soffi said the defecation incident was not the first unpleasant incident involving a Malaysian as his partner had previously suspected another guest of doing the same in the shower area.

“We really hope that Malaysians will be more civic-minded and responsible if they are travelling overseas,” he said.

“I do not wish to see people going abroad and displaying uncivilised behaviour because it may reflect badly on the person and the country,” he added.

Asked about the alleged assault, Soffi said a police report had been lodged and that the incident had also attracted the attention of the Japanese media.


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