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Harapan throws Johoreans drowning in hefty bills a 'free water' lifeline

Zikri Kamarulzaman  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Life has been hard for 58-year-old cabbie Salim Ibrahim, ever since ride-hailing services such as Grab and Uber snuffed the demand for taxis.

"I used to make RM70, RM80 a day but now even getting RM20 or RM30 is hard," Salim told Malaysiakini as he waited for customers at the Muar bus depot on Sunday.

With seven mouths to feed, having his earnings slashed has been made worse by the surging cost of living.

It's a tale heard across the country, but for Salim, who lives in Johor, the burden of rising costs is made more difficult by the state's water bills, which are the most expensive in the country.

"I pay about RM50 to RM60 a month... this is expensive. The water tariff should be lower, but since the tariff is already set, if we want to use the water we just have to pay or else we can't bathe," he lamented...

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