Malaysians are using the news about the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirming the presence of water on the sunlit surface of the moon to highlight Selangor’s water woes on Twitter.
Most Malaysians on Twitter have reacted to NASA’s discovery by asking questions like “Now that there’s water on the moon, what about Selangor?”, while others joked that people can consider moving to the moon when the next water supply disruption hits.
For context, Selangor has been affected by a number of major water supply cuts this year with the most recent on Oct 19, when Air Selangor announced an unscheduled disruption due to pollution.
The disruption – which affected 1,196,457 accounts in 1,292 areas – ended on Oct 22 when Air Selangor announced that water supply had been fully restored.
Previously, Air Selangor had halted water supply due to odour pollution on Sept 3. That disruption, which lasted for four days, ended on Sept 7.
In July, Air Selangor announced a three-day scheduled water supply cut affecting 425,500 households for upgrading works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 3 Water Treatment Plant.
The issue has also garnered the attention of American molecular scientist Raven Baxter, who shared that a significant portion of retweets on her Twitter post about NASA’s discovery has been from people in Selangor sharing their water woes. Baxter explained that the water disruption in Selangor was caused by pollution in raw water sources.
In a series of replies to other users, Baxter said that she learned about the issue by using Google Translate to understand some of the reactions that were posted in the Malay language. She also highlighted that there are others around the world who are similarly affected by water woes.
At a press conference on Oct 21, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced a number of initiatives to overcome the state’s water supply issues, such as using high-tech drones for safety monitoring and assessing water quality.
He added that a reward of RM20,000 will be given to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of the individuals responsible for water pollution in Selangor.
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