The papers show that the ideology-driven privatization wave has now also reached Asian countries where public water delivery has been very successful. Examples include like Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, where public utilities have largely achieved water for all. But despite universal coverage, high quality drinking water and sanitation, very low leakage levels and many other indicators of successful public services, the governments of Hong Kong, Korea and Japan are planning to boost the role of the private sector. In Malaysia, this process has already resulted in widespread privatization and predictable problems (such as tariffs hiking impacting the affordability of water for the poorest) resulting from this.
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