A state executive councillor suggests that the people be allowed to decide if the state government should take over Syabas.
PUTRAJAYA: The Selangor government may hold a referendum to allow the people to decide if they are in favour of the state goverment’s intention to take over water concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas).
Selangor excutive councillor for health, plantation workers, poverty and compassionate government, Dr Xavier Jeyakumar, said this during a site visit to the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant with the press today.
“We know we are in the right, and we are confident that the rakyat of Selangor have faith in the government they elected,” he said.
He reiterated the government’s stance that there was no water crisis in Selangor, but conceded that there may be issues by 2015.
He added that the state government was ready to take serious steps to ensure sufficient and affordable water supply for the people.
Earlier, Malaysiakini reported that the Special Cabinet Committee on Water, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, had decided that there was no need to ration water supply to Selangor and the surrounding areas in the Federal Territories.
However, Muhyiddin reportedly said that the issue has come to a “critical level” as there are several areas in the Klang Valley where “water is not forthcoming”.
He said that while water reservoirs are filled to the brim, five raw water treatment plants are working at over-capacity and are at risk of a breakdown.
Muhyiddin also said that the committee had made an initial decision to disallow the Selangor government from taking over operations of Syabas.
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