Saturday, 28 July 2012

MP: Gov't again admits no water crisis in S'gor

The government has once again admitted that there is at present no water crisis in Selangor, in contrary to Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor’s (Syabas) claim, said Klang MP Charles Santiago.

He was commenting on the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry’s announcement yesterday of an open tender for the Langat 2 water treatment plant.

NONEThe Star today reported that, “In a statement, the ministry stressed that although there was no need for water rationing now, it did not mean there would not be a water crisis in 2014.”

“The federal government has always been consistent in its stand that there will be a crisis in 2014 as the Selangor government has refused to approve the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant to ensure its completion by 2014.

“It is on this basis that the federal government approved a RM606mil allocation to implement mitigation projects to avoid a water crisis by 2014,” it reported the ministry saying.

Santiago (above) told Malaysiakini that the report was “disturbing” as it is the second time that the government has contradicted Syabas’ claim of a need for water rationing.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin admitted that “there is no need for rationing at this time”.

This contradicts Syabas chief Ruslan Hassan who on July 14 said that water rationing for the state was necessary due to a “worsening water crisis”.

NGOs have served Syabas a memorandum giving it till Aug 7 to make a full public disclosure of technical details of its operations to back the alleged water crisis.

Meanwhile, the Ministry in its statement added that the open tender proved that the Langat 2 project was not meant to benefit the "cronies", and invited Selangor government's subsidiaries to join the bidding.

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