But things got complicated when a smart alec in the kampong offered his help. He told the grandfather that he had been thinking, obviously a thinker. He said he could see so many problems about building a public toilet. You need to find the idea location where it could be used by the most people. It must be conveniently located, the smell must not disturb the people. It must cater for the men and women, the adult, the young and the old, and those on wheel chairs. The building must be robust, of good material. It must be easy for the night soil collector to clear the shit. It must take into consideration the future when it could be converted into a flush system....by now the grandfather's head went blank from information overflow. It was too much to take.
So the grandfather told him to stop his thinking and just tell him what needed to be done. The smart alec said it was big problem and he too did not know what to do. He said his good friend, a consultant, could help. The grandfather said good, go get your friend to help. The consultant came and went and came back with a long list of do's and don'ts. The problem got even more complicated and more confusing. The consultant got into more serious thinking.
The grandfather gave up. It was beyond him to fathom why got so many problems when he could build the toilet with the help of a carpenter in the village. He shook his head and told the smart alec to engage the consultant to build the toilet. The consultant assured the grandfather village head man that he had thought through all the problems and there would be no problem after the toilet was build.
A few weeks later a beautiful toilet was built for the kampong and everyone was praising the reasons why the toilet was built, its location, design, material used, etc etc. And the consultant sent the bill to the grandfather village head for $10k. This was big money in those days when a car cost $3,000. The grandfather was shocked. Why so much? The consultant said $9,800 was his fee for thinking so hard about all the problems and $200 was for building the toilet.
End of story. QED. Who said it is difficult to build a little toilet?