Comment by REJAL ARBEE
NOW that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been ousted as the Prime Minister, I sometimes wonder what we would be if he continued to be in the saddle?
One obvious thing was he would allow the kiasu island south of Johore to exist at our expense especially getting our water practically for free.
Until today it is still paying us a pittance for our water paying just 3 sen, less than 1 sing cent for 1000 gallons.
Imagine the profit it makes selling the water it treats to people living in the island.
It’s good that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had given notice that it should vacate our lands in Tebrau where it has its water purification installations.
It is also about time we don’t need to rely on the republic for our treated water. We should have built our own filtration plants long ago.
We must remember that it jealously guards its sovereignty unlike us here where we are not too concerned even if our sovereignty is compromised.
That was how we lost our island Pulau Batu Puteh as our officials were not too concerned about it to the extent we can’t even prove that the island is ours.
Now that we have since discovered new evidence which show in no uncertain terms that the island is ours, why are we keeping quiet and not making our legitimate claim?
Datuk AhmadRejal Arbee has been in journalism for over 40 years, starting as a cadet reporter in the Straits Times in 1963 and heading its Johor Bahru office in 1966. He then moved to Bernama and became its first overseas correspondent to Jakarta in 1972. He also served as the Berita Harian Group Editor and the Editor of The Sun. Currently, he is reminiscing some of his memorable experiences throughout his long career in journalism.