‘Pro­duce proof of sab­o­tage’

> Noh tells Azmin not to politi­cise wa­ter is­sue

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

KUALA LUMPUR: Se­lan­gor Umno has chal­lenged Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali to pro­duce ev­i­dence of al­leged fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment in sab­o­tag­ing the wa­ter sup­ply in the state.

Its chair­man, Tan Sri Noh Omar, said Azmin should not be us­ing the ev­i­dence as a po­lit­i­cal tool and must im­me­di­ately hand it over to the au­thor­i­ties for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“If the men­tri be­sar re­ally pos­sesses strong ev­i­dence, make a po­lice re­port or co­op­er­ate with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

“Let us see if it (the al­le­ga­tion) is true or not. If the state gov­ern­ment has the ev­i­dence, then hand it over,” he told a press con­fer­ence at the Par­lia­ment lobby here yes­ter­day.

Azmin had on Sun­day claimed that Barisan Na­sional and Umno had played part in sab­o­tag­ing the state’s wa­ter sup­ply, in­clud­ing the con­tam­i­na­tion of Sun­gai Se­menyih last month.

The con­tam­i­na­tion led to the plant be­ing shut down nu­mer­ous times, af­fect­ing thou­sands of res­i­dents in four districts – Hulu Lan­gat, Pe­tal­ing, Kuala Lan­gat and Sepang.

In dis­miss­ing the claims, Noh, who is also Tan­jung Karang MP and Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter, said Se­lan­gor Umno would not be tak­ing any le­gal ac­tion against the state gov­ern­ment.

“There is no need for us to take ac­tion. We will not be car­ried away by such a child­ish state­ment,” he said.

Noh said he could only laugh when he first heard the claims made by Azmin.

He added that Umno would not re­sort to such dirty tac­tics for the sake of win­ning the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“Sun­gai Se­menyih has been con­tam­i­nated up to seven times now. In­stead of putting the blame on oth­ers, the state gov­ern­ment should con­duct checks on fac­to­ries op­er­at­ing near the river,” he added.

In an im­me­di­ate re­sponse, Azmin said the Se­lan­gor Wa­ter Man­age­ment Board (LUAS) lodged a po­lice re­port on Sun­day on the al­leged sab­o­tage.

“Let the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate. LUAS is an agency un­der the state gov­ern­ment and it has taken the ini­tia­tive to lodge a po­lice re­port,” he said.

He added that the source of con­tam­i­na­tion in Sun­gai Se­menyih orig­i­nated from places out­side Se­lan­gor.

“We want the per­pe­tra­tors to be brought to jus­tice,” he told re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby yes­ter­day.

Air Se­lan­gor per­son­nel at the site of the sus­pected odour pol­lu­tion that caused the clo­sure of the Sun­gai Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant yes­ter­day.

Azmin (left) and Noh.

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