Lessons from Hous­ton floods

The Straits Times - - BRIEFING -

Malaysia’s gen­eral elec­tion might be months away, but “Team Ma­hathir” and the op­po­si­tion al­liance are pulling out all the stops to cap­ture the hearts of ru­ral Malay vot­ers in the state of Kedah. While for­mer pre­mier Ma­hathir Mo­hamad still com­mands a per­sonal fol­low­ing, ques­tions re­main as to whether it is enough to sweep the op­po­si­tion into power. If Sin­ga­pore were to suf­fer flood­ing as Hous­ton did, the con­se­quences would be more se­ri­ous, warns en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Geh Min. It needs to raise its eco­log­i­cal quo­tient and ap­proach build­ing and pop­u­la­tion growth dif­fer­ently.

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