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Johor water rates not country’s highest, claims MCA

Dr Chua said he doubted Pakatan’s claims over the state’s water rate hikes. — file picDr Chua said he doubted Pakatan’s claims over the state’s water rate hikes. — file picLABIS, Jan 24 — The MCA today disputed the allegation of the opposition parties that water tariffs in Johor were the highest in the country.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said a check by the MCA revealed that if the water consumption did not exceed 30 cubic metres per month, the increase was not more than RM2.00.

“For a family of five, I am not sure that we will consume up to RM150 per month as claimed by the opposition,” he told reporters after attending a dialogue session with members of the Labis Che Thai Khor Moral Uplifting Society, here.

In this context, he said the MCA could not accept the opposition claim that the water tariff in Johor would cause a hike of up to 100 per cent in the monthly water bill of the people although the average consumption would only be RM30 per month if usage was within 30 cubic metres per month.

Last year, the SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd (SAJ Holdings), the water supply concessionaire in Johor had adjusted the water tariff for the whole Johor state.

It had then claimed the hike would not burden consumers in the state, and that the average increase in for the majority of the consumers was only RM1.85 per month. — Bernama

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