cos really, in the interview with Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai in the Sunday NST, he filters his water via a dispenser, which Lulu guesses, boils the water first.
Q: Do you drink your water straight from the tap?
A: I drink it straight from the dispenser, after it has been filtered.
Q: How much does the filter cost?
A: I don't know. But our tap water is potable. We have a water surveillance system that checks the water potability from the reservoir right down to the tap. We get complaints sometimes because of leakages. In certain areas, the water pipes burst and impurities get in. Accidents happen.
Q: But otherwise, you as the health minister, would assure Malaysians that they can drink water straight from the tap?
A: Yes, because we have a team that checks on the quality of our water. But we do advise people to boil water. You see in the 1950s and 60s, we used to ask people to boil water before they drink it. But now we have reached such a level (of cleanliness) that we're confident our water is drinkable.
Q: So no need to boil?
A: At least go for a filter because the path of the water distribution channel is so long. Along the way some contamination may happen. I'm talking about JBA water. If you get your water from somewhere else, that's nothing to do with us. I think you better boil that kind of water.
Q: People who can afford a filter will get a filter but if they can't, how much do they have to worry?
A: We have to differentiate between the safety aspect and the visual aesthetic aspect. If the water is slightly discoloured doesn't mean that it's not potable. It can be murky but it can still be safe. It won't cause sickness.
Q: What do you mean by safe?
A: There's no heavy metal and E. coli. So far there are no reports of anyone getting bacterial infection from drinking our tap water.
ahh.... politician doublespeak.
He did it so well. He went round and round. "yes you can but". And he does not follow his own prescription. what is good enough for the masses is obviously not good enough for him.
btw, Lulu does believe that when our water leaves the reservoir, its clean and drinkable. But because of the age of the pipes in Selangor, the water gets contaminated along the way, making it unsafe to drink straight from the tap.
Lulu thinks Liow is either ill-advised, not too bright, too trusting, didnt do his homework, maybe even suffering from lead intake from the water he drinks or all of the above when he assures Malaysians they can drink straight from the tap.