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Premier angered by broken urinal at tourist attraction

TAIPEI -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah has demanded the immediate repair of a urinal at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall following media reports that it has been out of order for six months, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen said yesterday.

Cheng said the premier learned about the matter after seeing reports, and has described the careless attitude of the hall's management as “unacceptable” and having seriously affected administrative efficiency.

Jiang has instructed Lung Ying-tai, head of the Ministry of Culture and the supervisory body of the hall, to repair it as soon as possible and to discipline those responsible for failing to have taken care of the matter.

The Ministry of Culture said it would hold a meeting later that day to mete out disciplinary action.

A netizen revealed the matter last week, saying that he found one of the urinals in a restroom to be out of order last July. When he passed by again Jan. 3, the out of order sign was still there.

The picture he put on his Facebook drew attention from others, who criticized the hall management for being inefficient and damaging the national image, as the hall is a cultural landmark and a must-see scenic spot for Chinese tourists.

The hall explained that the urinal is actually not out of order, but because of insufficient water pressure, the flush water could not reach the farthest-away of the stand urinals, prompting the cleaner to put up the out of order sign.

A spokesman said the hall was inaugurated in 1972 and that the insufficient water pressure is due to dilapidated pipelines.

The hall has promised to make repairs within one week.

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