Selangor has dared Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob to carry out his threat to shelve an agreement to sell raw water to the state.

xavier jayakumar pc 190110 01“I think it is one of the best statements made by him. We'll stand to save RM60 million a year!” said an ecstatic Dr Xavier Jayakumar, the executive councillor in charge of the health, plantation workers, poverty and compassionate government committee.

“We hope he puts this down in black and white, not just (issue) verbal threats. He should put his money where his mouth is,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Yesterday, Adnan had said Pahang will consider reviewing the agreement because Selangor is turning the issue into a political matter and appears uninterested in proceeding with the deal.

Adnan added that his officials are also studying the terms and conditions of the agreement and may raise the rate, agreed at 10 sen per cubic metre, should Pakatan Rakyat retain Selangor in the next general election.

azlan"The agreed price earlier was with the BN-led state government and if Pakatan is taking charge, we may increase it to RM1 per cubic metre," he said, according to Star.

The deal with Selangor was signed during Dr Mohd Khir Toyo's administration of the state.

Putrajaya and BN have repeatedly  claimed that Selangor is in danger of a water crisis unless it allows the Langat 2 water treatment plant, which will cost about RM6 billion, to be built.

However, the state government will not budge until it is allowed to buy over Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor assets in order to restructure the company and block further increase in water tariffs.

Selangor has also accused Putrajaya of steamrolling the Langat 2 plant and plans to nationalise water assets, in order to increase water tariffs and allow crony companies to profit.
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