We are grateful to all those workers who have been slaving night and day to restore water supply. Their dedication to their duty and their determination to bring cheer to Penangites by working so diligently to resolve this water crisis that has affected 590,000 consumers must be applauded and praised!
Four days ago, on 8 January, I raised the question “Water disruption: Is it a question of no maintenance or lack of allocation for maintenance?“
The next day, a news report answered the question: There was no maintenance and there were no funds. This revelation was shocking!
This is a strange admission. For 50 years, there was no means to undertake maintenance! There was no mention of it by the Penang state government. This is inexplicable.
According to the CEO of the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP), K Pathmanathan, “Recently, PBAPP’s new directors approved RM180m for replacement works alone.”
This is a huge sum. Where did the money come from? Surely not from the company! If it had that kind of money, surely the repairs and maintenance could have been undertaken much earlier. There would be no excuse for not doing so.
Why was the lack of funds not made public? Aren’t we entitled to some sort of allocation from the federal government for development purposes? Penang contributes a huge sum to federal government coffers. Shouldn’t that entitle us to some allocation when it is desperately needed?
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Worst comes to worst, couldn’t the Penang government have applied for a loan from the federal government citing the urgent need to replace the 50-year-old pipes? We need some explanation and clarification – and urgently too!
If the successive three Penang state governments had not sought federal assistance, all had not acted responsibly. That is for sure.
There was another shocker. It was announced that a scheduled water supply interruption for four days would start at 6am on Wednesday. I set my alarm to get up at 5am, hoping to have a good shower before the water was cut off at 6am. To my horror, I found there was no water at 5am! Later I found out that according to my friend in Island Park, there was no water at his place at 1:30am. Another friend in Island Glades informed me that he had no water at 2am.
It would appear that various places experienced this water disruption at different times. It would have put homemakers, who would have got up before 6am to attend to last-minute household chores, in a quandary. Why couldn’t they stick to the announced schedule? This needs an explanation!
Everything said, there is reason to be grateful. We are grateful to all those workers who have been slaving night and day to restore water supply to Penangites.
Their dedication to their duty and their determination to bring cheer to Penangites by working so diligently to resolve this water crisis that has affected 590,000 consumers must be applauded and praised.
They are giving us their best to supply water ahead of the schedule – we are grateful. And they have succeeded!
Let’s hope and pray we need not go through this harrowing experience ever again. That will depend on the efficiency of the PBAPP.