Alex Tan putting insinuating that Straits Times is urging the Govt to double the water prices with the headlines? When in fact, this is just a personal view of the professor that was being interviewed!
- http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/many-singaporeans-unaware-of-monthly-water-usage-pollHowever, experts believe the price hike was long overdue and would do Singaporeans good.
Professor Biswas said the results reveal complacency among Singaporeans and felt that the increase was too small.
“We need to realise that Singapore’s water supply is not reliable,” he said, adding that he would double the price of water by 2019 if it were up to him.
He said the 30 per cent hike was the best way to drive across the message that water is precious.
Professor Ng Yew Kwang, Winsemius professor of economics at the Nanyang Technological University, said “the 30 per cent price increase is highly desirable”, given that water has always been underpriced.