Kelantan folk suffering from critical water shortage


From the Malay Press

ABOUT 5,000 residents from five villages in Kelantan have resorted to taking water from wells and rivers for their daily needs, as the state is facing a critical shortage of water. 

Utusan Malaysia, however, said even that was becoming difficult because of the long dry spell and hot weather. 

The daily said a visit to Kampung Padang Kedondong in Ketereh showed that residents had to make do with dirty water taken from Sungai Ketereh, while parents had to take their children to schools as early as 5am to enable them to bathe. 

The article said Muslim worshippers also faced difficulties in performing prayers, as they had to cleanse themselves at the river and had pleaded with authorities to take action to solve the problem. 

Ketereh Umno chief Datuk Annuar Musa said the lack of water was a big problem to the people and the nation and water management came under the jurisdiction of the state government. 

“The state government should think of handing over water management to the Government for a long-term planning approach and the water woes would be solved,” he said. 

Berita Harian reported how a nine-year old girl nearly drowned after she fell into a manhole at Sekolah Agama Bandar Pontian in Johor on Monday. 

Nurul Hafizah Abdul Razak was believed to have stepped on a rusty and decaying manhole cover and fell inside at about 5.30pm. 

However, her screams alerted the school's canteen workers and teachers, who pulled her to safety. They then sent her to the Pontian Hospital. 

The girl’s father Dr Abdul Razak Ali, said he was upset over the incident as the manhole was located close to the classroom. Its cover was alsomade from low-grade metal. 

The paper also reported that a 23-year-old man was killed and another seriously injured, when their motorcycles collided after they tried to evade a raid on illegal racing carried out by police in Kuala Pilah, Seremban early on Saturday morning. 

The report said Norlie Akasah died on the spot . 

District Public Order and Traffic chief Asst Supt Nik Ishak Nik Saad claimed Norlie was involved in an illegal race. 

He added that the rider of the other motorcycle, who was seriously injured, was taken to the Seremban Hospital.