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Flooding episode: Masagos asks S’poreans to gear up for Year of Climate Action by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

by Vincent Low

Last Monday (8 Jan), Singapore experienced heavy flooding in many places due to heavy downpour.

The eastern part of Singapore was heavily hit. Many Singaporeans also shared photos and videos on social media showing the severity of flooding with many places under water.

The Public Utility Board (PUB) issued statements saying that it had activated operations teams to the flooded locations to investigate and render assistance where possible.

Meanwhile, 4 days later on Friday (Jan 12), the Minister in-charge of environment and water resources, Masagos Zulkifli, suddenly made a FaceBook posting asking Singaporeans to "gear up" for the Year of Climate Action.

Instead of consoling those whose vehicles or properties were damaged by the flooding or assuring the public that he would do what he can to speed up drainage work so as to eliminate flooding, he reposted his ministry's FaceBook post, asking Singaporeans to: "Make a date with climate action in 2018, and play your part in making it a year of unprecedented progress."

Minister Masagos also invites us to share with him and his ministry on how we are "gearing up for Year of Climate Action!"

In the accompanied WEF article in his posting, it said, "The reality of climate change is starting to bite. More extreme weather conditions are no longer a prediction – they are real and they are happening today. Action is needed to prevent the situation becoming much worse."

So, is the Minister asking Singaporeans to start riding bicycle to work so as to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Singapore's flooding problems will be solved?