Liew demands immediate report on court toilet mess

KOTA KINABALU: De facto law minister VK Liew has demanded an immediate report from a cleaning contractor following news accounts of judges and court staff having had to clean the toilets at the Kuala Lumpur court complex themselves.

Liew told FMT that he had given an order yesterday to the contractors to submit the report in 24 hours. “I expect to get it any time today although it’s not a working day. I don’t want to go there during working time and then only they give me the report,” he said.

Liew said he would visit the court complex soon to see for himself the conditions of the restrooms. “I will only speak further after I see for myself… we’ll see if any heads will roll,” Liew said.

“It is unacceptable to have this kind of deplorable conditions for the judges, lawyers, court officials and the public who come to the complex. Somebody must take responsibility,” he added.

Liew’s deputy Hanipa Maidin had earlier said the Prime Minister’s Department will probe reports that judges and staff at the Kuala Lumpur court complex have had to clean the toilets on their own due to the cleaners having been on strike since May.

Hanipa vowed that any cover-up will not be tolerated, saying he had also asked for a written report on the matter.

About 20 workers are reported to have staged a strike allegedly because they were not paid their salaries as promised. The federal government has a contract with a cleaning company which runs until December.

According to a source, judges and staff also had to bring their own mops, brooms, brushes, pails and soap to facilitate cleaning works because these items were kept by the workers at a different place.

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