Friday, 18 January 2013

Stop water politics

The Selangor government, which has a stake in water concessionaire Syabas, should work towards resolving the current water woes instead of playing politics, said state Barisan Nasional coordinator Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed.

“The Selangor Mentri Besar (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) keeps pointing fingers at others and accusing Syabas of being a Barisan crony when, in fact, it is a state government-linked company.

“The state has a 30% share in it,” he said here yesterday.

The state government, said Mohd Zin, had representatives on Syabas' board of directors and as such, Khalid's claims of being left in the dark with regard to efforts in resolving the state's water woes were baseless.

“It clearly shows that the state government is equally responsible in what is happening but it seems that Khalid is washing his hands off the matter,” he said.

Recently, there have been disruptions in supply to parts of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor after Syabas pump houses in Wangsa Maju and Pudu Hulu Baru broke down.

Contamination in Sg Semenyih also caused the treatment plant operated by Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd to stop working for seven hours on Monday, affecting another 349,000 account holders in the districts of Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang, Klang and Kuala Langat.

Mohd Zin warned that the water crisis in Selangor would only deepen, causing further hardship to the rakyat and dire consequences to the state's economic well-being.

“Based on a report by the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (Mida), some 150 applications for the setting up of new industries in Selangor have been put on hold owing to the inability to guarantee treated water supply,” he pointed out.

Mohd Zin also chided the state leaders as suffering from “denial syndrome” by politicising the issue.

“Water is a basic natural resource, which comes under the purview of the state and should not politicised,” he said, adding that the Selangor Government should also not link the water problems to Syabas' non-revenue water loss or maintenance of its 34 pump houses.

“However, it seems that the state does not want to take joint responsibility with the Federal Government and Syabas to resolve the issue,” he said.

Source : TheStar


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