PROF DR JACOB GEORGE – DOES MALAYSIA HAVE A SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT?

There is a pertinent need that we have a safe drinking water legislation and one controlling the bottled water industry in Malaysia as well!

In the US the FDA monitors and inspects bottled water products and processing plants under its food safety program

Revenue in the Bottled Water segment amounts to US$264.60m in 2022. The market is expected to grow annually by 7.55% (CAGR 2022-2026). 

 
Yes, cheaper water often originates from “municipal” or public sources. It tastes different than expensive water because of the chlorine in the water.
In addition, the way water is filtered also plays a role in its taste. Distillation takes away salts and minerals from the water making it taste flat.
Bottled water in Malaysia is super big business and brand prices fluctuate depending on source, quality, packaging, and distribution. 
One specific driver of the price of any brand is the packaging, and branding!
Currently there are six aquifer locations approved by the Ministry of Health in Peninsula Malaysia where mineral water is extracted for bottling.
The locations are Pendang (Kedah), Air Kuning (Perak), Lenggeng (Negeri Sembilan), Bentong (Pahang), Kota Tinggi (Johor) and Batu Pahat (Johor).
But recently, I am told after an unpleasant experience that the box of bottled water I had purchased came from sources in Selangor.
The stench of petrol was super strong! 
The name of the brand was Summer!
I complained and they came rushing to collect the samples!
Inexplicably, the same company also merchandises another brand – Spritzer!

PROF DR JACOB: FLOODS & IS NOTHING REALLY WORKING?

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My response:
Just when you thought that there will be no further controversies or a series of incompetence paraded this happens in Malaysia?
And in the middle of a well announced monsoon season which will not just have casualties, environmental destruction and damage but super economic loss.
And in the midst of an ill-advised General Elections?
 
 This is just a no brainer – as the nation braces for more floods due to the monsoon season, the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) revealed that it has been forced to shut down the Infobanjir public portal and mobile application?
So what does this mean in the eye of the coming storm?
What is next in a show all of one’s super incompetence for the world at large to see?

PROF DR JACOB GEORGE: SO WHY SO MANY ISSUES WITH OUR LRT LINES?

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There are numerous reports of plain unadulterated disbelief on the level of competence, oversight and accountability in managing public transport systems in Malaysia!
No end to controversies, no lack of pain and suffering to users!
I wonder, just wonder whether the kind of issues caught here have equivalence in any of our neighboring countries within ASEAN/
The current situation results in we are told where lines had to be suspended at 16 stations because there was a recurring and unprecedented breakdown in its signalling system, which rendered the control centre unable to track the train’s location?

My response from my more than four decades of trouble shooting controversies says it is all about the lack of competence, oversight and accountability and much needed back-up plan as consumers are impacted!

Is there an oversight committee, one with a selection of both insiders and outsiders, notably respected individuals and advocates in the said make-up, if not why not?

Now this in itself raises issues of accountability, good governance and a duty of care!

No?

PROF DR JACOB GEORGE ON CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD POLITICIAN.

Prof:
Great question but a loaded one!
It has always been my belief that politicians like advocates of social change must work for the growth of the society and should value their catchment community.
Political citizens must have within the skills and research capabilities to think and act towards future growth.
A successful leader, among others should have five major virtues: Discipline, Trustworthiness, Courage, Humaneness, Intelligence.
Leaders scoring highly here are those diplomatic, warm and friendly, conflict and baggage free .
Being a strong communicator and an accessible are all superb qualities which sadly Malaysian politicians by large lack!

PROF DR JACOB GEORGE: VOTE FOR STABILITY AND 1 MALAYSIA! (Part 3) – Voters – KJ My Choice!

Prof Dr Jacob George Says:
“Irrespective of the self righteous comments from several quarters, and cyber troopers, most of do not know Khairy Jamaluddin (KJ), perhaps as I have.
I believe voters appreciate him.
I believe people and professional appreciate him.
I do appreciate him, and I do appreciate a job well done.
That is KJ!
And the truth is he will do a great job and that is what Malaysia needs now!
Neither the country nor politicians are perfect but despite what ever imperfections spoken about, my sincere vote goes to KJ!”