…as we enter day 4 without water. Well, we did get a bit last night. In fact, quite a lot. Trouble was it was so brown it was opaque. Just the sort of thing you’d like to bathe in and wash your clothes with. Quite frankly, I wasn’t sorry when it suddenly stopped running again.
But here’s the interesting thing. The reason WHY we have no water.
Us and 425,ooo other households and hell knows how many people, certainly over a million of us. Oh, and that includes KLIA airport.
- Three pipes were broken by sand-miners.
- These sand-miners had been mining for five years, according to a nearby villager.
- The sand mining is (as far as I know) illegal.
- Yep, that’s right – in Malaysia you can, quite openly, do something illegal for 5 years, make a fortune tax free selling something that didn’t belong to you in the first place, and the only reason you get stopped is because you were silly enough and brazen enough to break some major water mains.
Bravo all the people who ignored the mining going on under their noses. (One wonders – was anyone paid to turn a blind eye, or are they just stupid and indifferent?) You don’t do sand mining with buckets and spades and sneaking around in the dark. It involves pumps and heavy machinery and trucks. Lots of trucks. Lots of noise.
A police report has been made. Will anyone be brought to court on charges? Well now, what do you think?
My guess is that no one even noticed – in 5 long years – who was responsible. If they did, then I bet they get a slap on the wrist and a fine that isn’t even 1% of the clear profit they have made – after the taxes they didn’t pay – over the years.
P.S. The water came on long enough to fill the house tank. Now it has vanished again. We progress.