Selangor must present water plans, says DPM
TAMPIN, July 17 — The Selangor government must present water plans to the federal government if it wants to take over supply from Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas).
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) said the takeover could not be done arbitrarily as the federal government must be informed based on provisions in the concession agreement.
“The Selangor government must inform the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, who will study whether they have grounds for it.
“We want to see their plans on how to resolve the water crisis in Selangor,” he told reporters after a meet-the-people session at SMK Taman Indah near here today.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the state government was considering taking over from Syabas as it has failed to carry out its duties according to the concession agreement.
The takeover could not be done unilaterally but with the mutual consent of the state and federal governments.
Muhyiddin said the unpredictable weather had caused the water level at treatment plants to fall.
“This is of great concern to consumers and the state government must take responsibility.
“We submitted and have discussed the proposal for a long time but they did not make a decision.”
On another note, he said the government did not stop teachers from wearing traditional dress in schools provided they adhere to the dress code.
“Nowadays, the Chinese and Indians wear Malay baju kurung while the Malays wear cheongsam. We have no restrictions,” he added. — Bernama