Con­sider giv­ing ‘wa­ter shares’, says Lau

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE Se­lan­gor state govern­ment should con­sider giv­ing the peo­ple “wa­ter shares” to en­sure that the newly re­struc­tured state wa­ter in­dus­try is not run for profit.

Lau Weng San (DAP-Kam­pung Tunku) said this is to en­sure Air Se­lan­gor, the con­sol­i­dated wa­ter con­ces­sion­aire wholly owned by the state, will not re­peat the mis­takes of past con­ces­sion­aires.

“We in Se­lan­gor must ac­knowl­edge the lessons from the past and place Air Se­lan­gor on the right track,” Lau said dur­ing his de­bate on the bud­get.

He said it is in­evitable that a con­ces­sion­aire which is op­er­at­ing like a pri­vate com­pany will try to max­imise profit in­stead of pri­ori­tis­ing the peo­ple’s needs.

Lau said con­ces­sion­aires had in the past ne­glected wa­ter ser­vice qual­ity in ar­eas where the poor live in as it was not prof­itable for them.

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