People power over water


Brief caption: Water level at Air Itam Dam, Penang.Pix by GARY CHEN/The Star/19 Sept 2016.

I READ with great trepidation reports in the media on the water supply problems confronting Selangor. Blaming the current state government for the water woes is irresponsible as privatisation of water services was done before it took hold of the state. On the other hand, its provision of free water albeit with certain conditions is disconcerting. Providing free water does not make the water services industry financially sustainable.

Water is too precious a resource to be used as a political gimmick. The looming Day Zero in South Africa’s Cape Town comes to mind. Day Zero is expected in April this year when the taps in Cape Town will run dry. This is due to a prolonged drought and also mismanagement of the water resources.

Limited time offer:
Just RM5 per month.

Monthly Plan

RM13.90/month
RM5/month

Billed as RM5/month for the 1st 6 months then RM13.90 thereafters.

Annual Plan

RM12.33/month

Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only


Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Letters

Enabling wider uptake of green electricity
Universities must balance hard science with humanities
Job-hopping a matter of concern
Personal prestige is secondary
Staying safe with shellfish
Taking responsibility for our trash
Ensuring a smooth transition to e-invoicing platform
Good for all to embrace #MZB365
Flaws in registration procedure
Heed the call and take your rubbish home

Others Also Read