Wa­ter sab­o­tage claim slammed

> It’s ridicu­lous for Azmin to put the blame on us, says Umno rep

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

PETALING JAYA: Se­lan­gor Umno has slammed Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali for im­ply­ing that Barisan Na­sional and Umno played a part in sab­o­tag­ing the state’s wa­ter sup­ply.

“Why would we sab­o­tage our own wa­ter sup­ply? This is a ridicu­lous claim,” said Umno’s Se­menyih assem­bly­man Datuk Jo­han Ab­dul Aziz.

He was re­spond­ing to Azmin’s claim af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing the Labo­han Da­gang Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant ground-break­ing cer­e­mony here yes­ter­day.

Jo­han ques­tioned the logic for BN and Umno to sab­o­tage the wa­ter sup­ply as his fam­ily was also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dry taps when the Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant had to be shut down due to odour pol­lu­tion.

He said Azmin had brought up the is­sue of sab­o­tage as an ex­cuse to sweep the weak­nesses of the state gov­ern­ment un­der the car­pet.

Point­ing out the weak­ness that led to the con­tam­i­na­tion of Sun­gai Se­menyih, Jo­han said BN was not re­spon­si­ble for the ap­proval to al­low sand min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to be con­ducted near the river.

“We are not the ones that gave out the li­cence to the (sand min­ing) com­pany to op­er­ate, which led to the con­tam­i­na­tion,” he said.

Azmin ear­lier claimed that pre­lim­i­nary re­ports and ev­i­dence gained from the Sun­gai Se­menyih in­ci­dent showed an in­cli­na­tion of BN-Umno sab­o­tage.

“It seems that it (the sab­o­tage) is in se­ries, prob­a­bly be­cause the elec­tion is near­ing,” he told a press con­fer­ence.

Around one mil­lion wa­ter con­sumers in the Klang Val­ley were af­fected by the clo­sure of the Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant last month.

The af­fected ar­eas in­cluded the dis­tricts of Hulu Lan­gat, Kuala Lan­gat, Sepang and Petaling.

Azmin said the state gov­ern­ment reached this con­clu­sion as sev­eral of the con­tam­i­na­tion in­ci­dents were “stan­dard and very sys­tem­atic” in na­ture.

“Fur­ther­more, the co­op­er­a­tion from sev­eral fed­eral de­part­ments was pretty slow and not forth­com­ing,” he added.

Azmin, how­ever, re­fused to con­firm when asked whether BN and Umno had di­rect in­volve­ment in the sab­o­tage.

“We have gath­ered strong ev­i­dence in the Se­menyih case. I be­lieve the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers are pre­par­ing the case so that the cul­prits can be brought to jus­tice,” he said.

Se­lan­gor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar could not be reached for com­ments at press time.

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