NEW WATER TARIFF WILL NOT BURDEN SELANGOR PEOPLE - NOH

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KAJANG, Aug 4 (Bernama) - The federal government will ensure that the new

water tariff fixed after completion of Sungai Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant

will not burden Selangor people.

Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the

Selangor government should not make conclusion as the water treatment project

has not started.

"The opposition believe that the people have to pay a high price for the

billion ringgit project. Barisan Nasional (BN) is ten steps ahead of the

opposition when it comes to reducing the people''s burden.

"Don''t jump the gun. The issue is water supply in Selangor. The BN

government will take into account the people''s views when determining the new

tariff," he told reporters after attending a Selangor Water Crisis Forum

organised by Selangor Concerned People''s Movement (GPRS) in Beranang today.

The forum was moderated by Kolej Poly-Tech Mara lecturer Dr Wan Sabri Wan

Hussin with panel members Mohd Mustafa Hamzah of Muslim Consumers Association

Malaysia Islam Malaysia and Mohamad Fuad Omar, a Tenaga Nasional Berhad retired

engineer.

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On July 26, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water said the

federal government will implement the RM8.65bil project on open tender to all

qualified companies.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was quoted saying that higher

water tariff was the reason why the Selangor government objected it.

Noh said the Selangor government should cooperate to resolve the issue and

not accuse the federal government and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd

(Syabas).

"They want to be heroes in all issues at the expense of the people. The BN

government is willing to do anything for the people but the Selangor government

only wants to play politics.

"This problem can be resolved after BN takes over the Selangor government,"

said Noh who is also Selangor Umno deputy chairman.

He slammed the Selangor government for paying Syabas (public money) to

provide free water to the people.

"The distribution is also wrong as it is given to the rich and poor although

it should only be given to the poor."

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NOH-TARIFF 3 KAJANG

Meanwhile, Mohamad Fuad who was involved in Sungai Langat 2 project study

in the 80s said a sustainable and reliable solution to the Selangor water crisis

must be found.

"The water treatment plants in Selangor are runing at 120 percent capacity

24 hours daily and this will have consequences."

He said the cost of channeling water from the dam to the treatment plant

will cost RM4 per cubic metres but based on a similar project in Penang, the

people may only need to pay RM1.20 per cubic metre after aid from federal

government.

-- BERNAMA

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