Dirty way to sell water filters

It is disgusting how unprofessional some people can be when it comes to doing business. These unscrupulous businessmen will go to any length to promote their products. An example is the promotion of the sale of domestic water filters.

Just the other day, while I was having lunch in Bangsar with some friends, I was shown a brochure, distributed in Bangsar area, of a domestic water purification system together with an attached RM100 discount voucher and a photocopy of a report published in a local daily. The report carried a table showing the test results of 6 samples of tap water in the Klang Valley.

Consumers in Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur were targeted by the water filter distributors because the sample of water taken from this area failed to comply with our National Guidelines on Drinking Water Quality. The other targets will obviously be SS 21 and SS 22 in Petaling Jaya. The water samples taken from these areas also failed to comply with the guidelines.

The six water samples were taken by me on my own initiative and tested in a laboratory at my own expense. As a concerned citizen, my sole purpose of getting the water samples tested was to highlight the plight of consumers in the Klang valley and to direct the attention of the water authorities to the perennial problem of dirty tap water in the hope that appropriate actions would be taken by them. Also, it is my fervent hope that clean water will flow from the tap, thus putting an end to the profligate use of domestic water filters and the hot debate on the subject.

Never did I expect that the results of the water analysis would be used by some unscrupulous businessmen, out for a quick buck, for purposes contrary to my intention.

Allow me to state here and now that I totally disagree with the use of domestic water filters, in whatever form, to overcome the dirty tap water problems currently prevailing in the Klang Valley. And, I say, unequivocally, that I have not been and never will be associated, directly or indirectly, with the promotion of any domestic water purification system in this country.

The only solution to the dirty water problem is clean water from the tap and this is what the authorities owe us for so long.

nakedeyeview.com.my 2007