‘ Higher wa­ter tar­iff if BN still in power’

> Res­i­dents would pay more due to agree­ment prior to 2008 elec­tion: MB

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SHAH ALAM: Res­i­dents of Se­lan­gor would have had to pay wa­ter tar­iff at more than dou­ble the cur­rent rate of RM1.39 per cu­bic me­ter had Barisan Na­sional (BN) re­mained in power in the state.

Se­lan­gor Men­tri Be­sar Amirudin Shari said un­der a con­ces­sion agree­ment made prior to the change in state govern­ment in the 2008 gen­eral glec­tion, BN was to have charged the peo­ple RM3.15 per cu­bic me­ter for treated wa­ter this year.

Should Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) in­crease the wa­ter tar­iff soon, as be­ing ru­moured by many, it would not be as much as the rate to be charged by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, he said.

Speak­ing at the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly when wind­ing up the state’s

2019 Bud­get yes­ter­day, Amirudin said Se­lan­gor re­mained com­mit­ted en­sur­ing enough treated wa­ter will be sup­plied to the rakyat at a min­i­mal rate, es­pe­cially for those in the low in­come bracket.

Later at a press con­fer­ence, when asked to elab­o­rate on the RM3.15 per cu­bic me­ter fig­ure he quoted in the de­wan, Amirudin said the then BN govern­ment had signed an agree­ment with the wa­ter con­ces­sion­aires.

“There was a con­ces­sion agree­ment be­tween the state and Syarikat Pen­geluar Air Se­lan­gor (SPLASH) Syarikat Bekalan Air Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), Pun­cak Ni­aga Sdn Bhd (PNSB) and Kon­sor­tium Abass Sdn Bhd (Abass),” he said.

When asked if the in­crease in tar­iff would be im­ple­mented in the near fu­ture, Amirudin said the fi­nal say would come from the Wa­ter, Land, and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­istry.

Its min­is­ter, Dr Xavier Jayaku­mar, who was also present at the press con­fer­ence, said the mat­ter would have to be dis­cussed with all the stake­hold­ers be­fore any de­ci­sion is made. “We will let you know as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

For­mer prime min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak had, on Mon­day, said the PH govern­ment was ex­pected to an­nounce a new wa­ter tar­iff for Se­lan­gor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, fol­low­ing its RM2.55 bil­lion ac­qui­si­tion of SPLASH, which he said was 10 times above the orig­i­nal pro­posed price.

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