The Selangor government insists the state has enough water supply despite many doubting it (Graphics by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor executive councillor Yaakob Sapari dares critics to meet him so that he will be able to show the truth regarding the state's water issue.
Yaakob said: “Let me show them how much water we have in Selangor.”
“Our problem is the concessionaire company like Syabas does not manage the water well. How can you say that there is not enough water when we have wasted 32 per cent of non-revenue water?” Yaakob who is the exco for Agriculture Modernisation, Natural Resources and Entrepreneurial Development said.
“We have called them up to explain. As it is, we believe it is best for us to manage our own water resources.”
“It will be the first thing we do once we win the next general election,” Yaakob added.
Several blog posts had highlighted on the water crisis issue in Selangor last weekend.
New Straits Times managing editor Datuk Nuraina Samad wrote Klang Valley is heading towards a major crisis worse than the 1998 water shortage.
Another blog post at Big Cat described the Selangor government’s unwillingness to cooperate with water suppliers and relevant authorities in meeting the needs of increasing water supply due to increasing demand is pushing things to the brink and a possible water supply crisis, worse than the one in 1998.
Another Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar told The Mole:“We have enough raw water supplies that can last beyond year 2015 and we already have improved our mitigation plants to increase water production.”
Xavier who is the executive councillor for Plantation Workers, Poverty and Compassionate Government Committee claimed numerous highlights on water crisis issues in the state were created by several lobbyists who wants the Langat 2 water treatment plan project to be built.
“These lobbyists created unfounded fears among Selangor people to portray as though the issue will be solved with the building of the Langat 2 plant,” Xavier added.
Asked to comment on two water treatment plants in Semenyih and Langat which reportedly have worked beyond its capacity, Xavier said: “there are 34 water treatment plants all over Selangor. We are improving those plants which might have been overworked and will keep maintaining it including some of it which has worked under capacity.”
Commenting on complaints regarding water disruptions in Selangor, Xavier blamed the water concessionaire companies Puncak Niaga and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) for being responsible for causing such disruptions.
“They have the power to control the water supply to the people. It is up to them to do whatever they want while it is consumers who have to suffer."
Xavier believes the Selangor government should be given the power to manage its own water resources as accorded in the Water Services Act, 2006.
" It had stated that the water management issue will be under the purview of the state government. It has been implemented in states such as Kedah, Perlis, Johor.”
“Why is it different when it comes to Selangor?” Xavier asked.
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