Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Government committed to water reform agenda

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is committed to the water reform agenda that was initiated in 2006 and remains focus to solve the Selangor water restructuring this year.

"The ministry had a very long discussion with Selangor Mentri Besar yesterday and we believe solutions would be found soon. 

"I must confess that there are still much to be done with regards to the on-going water restructuring but we do not despair.

"Perhaps the most difficult one has been the Selangor water case. We are now in the last lap and Kettha remains focused to solved the Selangor water restructuring by 2016," said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili in his opening speech at the Asia Water 2016.

 He disclosed that he had been in talks with the Selangor state government and there were a "couple more matters" to be ironed out.

The only water concessionaire yet to be acquired by Selangor is Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) which asked for RM2.8bil for its assets.

He, however, said the free 20 cubic meter free water in Selangor state costing some Rm1bil was "wasteful" but it is up to the state as they are the one paying the bill.


Source - The Star