In a recent social media post shared by Harakah Daily, the official publication of the Islamic party PAS, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff, the MP for Rantau Panjang, revealed that she had used her personal funds to supply water to areas in her constituency that were experiencing water supply issues.
The report states that Siti Zailah made arrangements for a sizeable water tanker to be filled with water from a fire hydrant and sent to the impacted areas.
Her actions have prompted controversy, though, and she has come under fire from the ministry of local government development. Siti Zailah’s actions were reckless, according to development minister Nga Kor Ming, and she will face legal repercussions for her statements.
As reported by Bernama, the ministry will thoroughly investigate her assertion as the water from fire hydrants is only intended for use in putting out fires and not consumption.
Nga Kor Ming conveyed his worries regarding the potential implications of using fire hydrants as a primary source of water during a press conference after officiating the “Larian Bersama Bomba” programme organised by the fire and rescue department in Ipoh.
“If everyone takes the water from the fire hydrant, then what will happen in the event that there is an actual fire? This shouldn’t have happened,” he said.
For now, it is unclear what legal steps will be pursued against Siti Zailah, but her efforts definitely illustrate the persistent problems with water supply that many Malaysians continue to experience daily.