Govt may in­ter­vene in wa­ter is­sue

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE govern­ment may in­ter­vene in the wa­ter re­struc­tur­ing ex­er­cise in Pa­hang, as was done in Jo­hor and Se­lan­gor.

En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Max­imus Ongk­ili said the govern­ment is in talks with the Pa­hang govern­ment to in­crease the wa­ter tar­iff, which has not been re­vised for 33 years.

Speak­ing to re­porters out­side Par­lia­ment lobby, he said dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing be­tween the Na­tional Wa­ter Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (SPAN) and the Pa­hang govern­ment but no de­ci­sions have been fi­nalised.

Ongk­ili said the state should in­crease the wa­ter tar­iff due to high op­er­a­tional costs.

How­ever, he said the state is not keen on the hike, in the in­ter­est of its res­i­dents.

Ongk­ili said the re­struc­tur­ing ex­er­cise will see the state wa­ter as­sets trans­ferred to the fed­eral govern­ment, as pro­vided un­der the Wa­ter Ser­vices In­dus­try Act (WSIA) 2006.

He was re­spond­ing to a state­ment by Tengku Mahkota Pa­hang Tengku Ab­dul­lah Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, who wanted the state to im­me­di­ately re­solve the wa­ter sup­ply is­sues in sev­eral dis­tricts in Pa­hang.

Tengku Ab­dul­lah also or­dered Pa­hang Wa­ter Man­age­ment to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the fed­eral govern­ment to se­cure the best so­lu­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Pa­hang has many wa­ter catch­ment ar­eas and it is un­ac­cept­able when we face wa­ter sup­ply is­sues be­cause we are also ex­port­ing wa­ter to other states like Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor,” Tengku Ab­dul­lah said.

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