Splash re­ferred to in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

The ac­qui­si­tion of state wa­ter con­ces­sion­aire, Splash, will be re­ferred to in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion.

Se­lan­gor Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali said the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments had agreed to this.

“I told the De­wan that the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments are still dis­cussing it as we have not reached a con­sen­sus which is agree­able to all par­ties con­cerned.

“That is why the Cab­i­net de­cided to have an in­de­pen­dent in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion to at­tain a fair price for Splash,” Azmin told re­porters out­side the state assem­bly yes­ter­day.

He said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­formed the state gov­ern­ment on Oct 7 that the ac­qui­si­tion of Splash be de­layed six months to fa­cil­i­tate the ar­bi­tra­tion.

Azmin said the state gov­ern­ment had al­ready de­cided last year to re­fer the mat­ter to ar­bi­tra­tors and thus it wholly sup­ports the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in this.

He was re­spond­ing to Tan Sri Ab­dul Khalid Ibrahim’s (In­de­pen­dent-Pe­labuhan Ke­lang) claim that the cur­rent of­fer of RM2.975 bil­lion for Splash is vastly more than the ini­tial of­fer of RM250 mil­lion. Datuk Sham­sudin Lias (BNSun­gai Burong) also tabled an emer­gency mo­tion to re­fer the ne­go­ti­a­tion to the Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Com­pe­tency, Ac­count­abil­ity, and Trans­parency (Sel­cat).

How­ever, the mo­tion was re­jected by the Speaker’s Of­fice as it was al­ready ex­plained in Azmin’s Bud­get 2017 wrap-up.

Azmin said the price was of­fered dur­ing Khalid’s ten­ure as men­tri be­sar and he had pre­sented the doc­u­men­tary proof in the state assem­bly. He then chas­tised Khalid for not be­ing present in the state assem­bly dur­ing the bud­get wrap-up.

“Do I have to in­vite him to the De­wan? Do I have to present a writ­ten, for­mal in­vi­ta­tion for him to at­tend a sit­ting? It is his re­spon­si­bil­ity to ap­pear as an assem­bly­man.

“He dis­ap­peared for al­most a week. Just come and ac­cuse me of that. Why wasn’t he there when I was wrap­ping up? That was the best fo­rum as an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive to rep­re­sent his elec­torate,” Azmin said.

Se­lan­gor speaker Han­nah Yeoh sim­i­larly said as­sem­bly­men should be present in the state assem­bly when their ques­tions are answered, af­ter re­ject­ing Sham­sudin’s mo­tion.

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