Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) has urged the Selangor government to conduct a referendum on the management of state water assets.
secretary-general S Arutchelvan said the PSM is of the view that
referendum can be carried out using available facilities and the state
He said the people have the right to choose
between water concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and
the state government.
“Water is a fundamental right and should
not be left solely in the hands of politicians to decide how and when it
should be used,” he said in a statement.
“PSM supports fully the state government’s (proposal) to take over
the management of water. In view of this, it is critical for the state
government to show it has the people’s support. And what better way to
show this than to conduct a referendum?”
Arutchelvan noted that
privatisation of basic amenities would rob the people while allowing
capitalists to get unlimited profits.
Residents associations and
NGOs can assist in making this referendum a reality, he added, while
credible institutions like the Human Rights Commission can be involved
in order to ensure that the referendum is a free and fair process.
Yesterday, Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar had proposed that the state should hold a referendum for the people of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
“I think we can have a referendum very easily done. We can do in all the nine administrative districts in Selangor,” he said.
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