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Water cuts due to pollution unacceptable

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It is time to insist on zero instances of human-induced pollution of our water sources, writes JD Lovrenciear.

Far too often, Malaysians have had to put up with water cuts.

If it is due to burst pipes or a dam collapse or drought for that matter, people could grudgingly accept the situation.

Accidents happen. Nature tends to expose the hidden flaws in every human-made system.

But when the authorities have to shut down water treatment plants due to pollutants in the water, we must demand accountability. We cannot dismiss these instances of pollution lightly – and there is no reason to celebrate once water supply is restored.

When are we going to make sure that no business operator can easily fool the authorities and the people with their explanations, excuses and apologies while claiming that the pollution was “unfortunate” or that “corrective action is being taken”?

It is time to insist on zero instances of human-induced pollution of our water sources.

Will our political leaders hold themselves accountable each time there is water pollution?

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