Charles Santiago, the DAP MP from Klang, Selangor has long been our fan favorite of the Dewan Rakyat since Pakatan Harapan took power one year ago (sorry, KJ), making bold statements of support for members of the LGBTQ+ community, against child marriage, and handling the widespread Kuala Lumpur-wide water cuts like a pro.
This week, he received attention and praise from across the political divide from Barisan Nasional (BN) S. Vell Paari, the secretary general of coalition member MIC, who thanked him for his hard work bringing water to his constituents after another water disruption hit some residents as they prepared for Ramadan.
Taking his kind words to Twitter, Vell Paari tagged the MP, and added that Santiago and his team are doing an “amazing job,” before concluding with “God bless.”
The whole of last night, my team has been sending water supply to affected areas, and those in dire need. They have only now managed to go home, at 7am.
We are trying our best. pic.twitter.com/vCj4vQGFje
— Charles Santiago (@mpklang) May 8, 2019
After an unexpected pipe burst near roadworks being carried out on the West Coast Expressway (WCE) that runs through the area, 800,000 residents were left without any water on the eve of the first day of Ramadan this past Sunday.
Santiago and his team then mobilized a series of relief trucks, laden with water, and went out to the affected neighborhoods, delivering water to citizens who were then able to fill containers.
The Klang MP had earlier tweeted photos of his team working throughout the night to ensure that residents had access to water relief, writing that they only returned home at 7am.
While the city-wide water cut affecting four million KL denizens went off without a hitch two weeks ago, and was finished ahead of schedule, pipes along the highway sprang a leak over the weekend, and resulted in large parts of Klang living without water.
Authorities managed to have the situation under control by Tuesday, reporting that all leaks had been fixed, and water has since returned to homes in stages.