BE AN ‘AYAM JAN­TAN’, SE­LAN­GOR TOLD

Stop drag­ging feet on fix­ing a price for wa­ter con­ces­sion firm, min­is­ter tells MB

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR

THE Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment should stop drag­ging its feet over the ac­qui­si­tion of Syarikat Pen­geluar Air Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd (Splash).

En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Max­imus Ongk­ili said the state gov­ern­ment had politi­cised the is­sue to the point that it was dif­fi­cult to re­solve wa­ter woes in the state.

“It has yet to of­fer a price for the takeover of the firm.

“In Se­lan­gor, ev­ery­thing is politi­cised, which is why it is so dif­fi­cult to re­solve the wa­ter prob­lem,” he said in re­ply to Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gom­bak) dur­ing the Min­is­ter’s Ques­tion Time yes­ter­day.

He added that the price eval­u­a­tion by an in­ter­na­tional in­de­pen­dent val­uer on Splash was meant to pro­vide a ref­er­ence for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment on pric­ing.

He said this would en­able the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to de­ter­mine if the price of­fered by the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment was fair.

“It’s not dif­fi­cult for the state gov­ern­ment to give a price. Be an ayam jan­tan (rooster) and make an of­fer for Splash,” he said.

The dead­line to con­clude the takeover of Splash was ini­tially set for April but has been ex­tended for an­other six months.

The Gom­bak MP re­vealed this at the Se­lan­gor state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly in March, cit­ing that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was still wait­ing for the results of the val­u­a­tion of Splash from an in­ter­na­tional in­de­pen­dent val­uer it had ap­pointed.

Se­lan­gor’s wa­ter re­struc­tur­ing ex­er­cise had dragged on for nine years.

Un­der the wa­ter re­struc­tur­ing plans, the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment, via Pen­gu­ru­san Air Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd, is seek­ing own­er­ship and con­trol of the state wa­ter in­dus­try through a buy­out of the con­ces­sion­aires’ as­sets.

Splash is one of four wa­ter con­ces­sion­aires in Se­lan­gor.

The oth­ers are Syarikat Bekalan Air Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd, Pun­cak Ni­aga (M) Sdn Bhd and Kon­sor­tium Abass Sdn Bhd.

Datuk Seri Dr Max­imus Ongk­ili

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