Melaka water rationing begins with less anger this time

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

MELAKA: The first day of Melaka’s water rationing exercise kicked off with no major issues at densely-populated Malim here, with less anger on the ground, says a lawmaker.

Kesidang assemblyman Allex Seah Shoo Chin said he had faced brickbats and even profanity from angry residents during a similar exercise last September.

“However, residents are cooler this time around and understand the need for rationing due to depleting levels at our dams, ” he said on Wednesday (Jan 29).

Seah said he got an earful when he had to personally distribute supplies to high-rise apartments last year.

“Some angry residents used vulgarities but I understood their predicament and wasn’t offended.

“More importantly, the water supply must reach households especially homes with elderly people, the disabled, and young children, ” he said.

Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the rationing exercise will affect 550,673 or 62.8% of the Melaka population.

The rationing exercise will start on a 24-hour basis and then on alternate days for an indefinite period.

Schools, hospitals, industries, and hotels will not be affected by the exercise.

Seah said Melaka Water Company-Syarikat Air Melaka Bhd (SAMB) had set up 132 one-stop centres to provide water supply services.

He added that 15 community leaders in his constituency were ready to manage the situation.

Elsewhere in Melaka, morning downpours brought some relief to locals.

Residents in Ujong Pasir and Telok Mas said supply continued as normal although in some areas the water pressure was low.

Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong said he had also not received any complaints so far.

“We pray and hope the rain continues so that supply will resume to normal in the next few days, ” he added.

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