KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 – Since when has tap water in Malaysia become safe to drink straight-up? Well, since Pakatan Harapan became the government of the day.
I know it seems implausible, but it has taken only five months for the water supply across the country to now be totall safe without any need for water filters.
And that is a direct quote from no less a person than the Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
“Water that comes from the taps throughout the country can be drunk and there are no problems. If there are problems, they are localised and not because of the water treatment,” he was quoted as saying in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday.
When an opposition MP then asked if the good minister drank water directly from the tap, Xavier said: “Indeed, I drink directly from the tap.”
Money spent on water filters a waste?
Malaysians have apparently been wasting hundreds or even thousands of dollars, installing water filters of different sizes, be it at the main supply in front of the house or at the basins in the kitchen.
All these years, we have been sold on the idea by the now ruling parties, such as DAP and PKR, that our water supply is bad, and that one cannot even drink water from the tap like in the old days. Comparison is often made with our neighbours Singapore.
Now we know that was all a lie by the then opposition, based on what the PKR vice-president has declared openly in Parliament.
Solve the “local problem” first then talk
Now, I would like to invite our honourable minister Xavier to come to my house and drink the water straight from the tap.
Don’t talk about the water being clean at the plant and saying if there is any problems, then “it is a local problem”. What kind of cop-out answer is that from a minister.
As a dentist, do you have your patients wash their mouth from water that is direct from the tap as well? I think many of your patients might like to know the answer to that question.
Silence from Cabinet, PH MPs
I am also surprised at the lack of response, either way from his fellow Cabinet members let alone the MPs from the ruling coalition. Are they in denial of the real situation on the ground across the country? Do they all drink water direct from the tap?
I am reminded of the Oscar-winning movie Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as the title character.
The movie is based on a true story, about Brockovich working as an assistant at a law firm, discovering a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents.
The cause of the contamination is a plant that is owned by energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) but they had long denied it and of course have fancy set of lawyers to fight any case against them.
In one epic scene in the movie, where the energy corporation’s lawyers are having a meeting with Brockovich at the firm where she works, she serves them water. After coming to a deadlock over a settlement, she tells them the water was drawn from a source at the same town where their plant is located.
The look of shock on the other lawyers’ faces says it all. They didn’t touch their water, naturally.
Stop using expensive mineral water in Cabinet, PH meetings
I would like to suggest for the next Cabinet meeting, or party meetings to have drinking water supplied, not with expensive mineral water bottles, but instead drawn straight from the tap.
If that is not good enough for you, then just solve the “local problem”. That is what the people have elected you all for, not just to oust the previous Barisan Nasional regime.
You promised a lot, but at least get the basics right.
Stop giving us the same BS-style responses that you all had criticised about the previous bunch whose seats you have now taken.
By K Anand