SHAH ALAM, April 15 – The Selangor state government will discuss with water concessionaires in the state, latest by next week, to determine the extent of water rationing plan implemented at the moment. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said, to date, the water levels at dams in the state only went up by one percent but gave his assurance of several proposals in solving the problem. “We will discuss with the water concessionaires next week. We will make an announcement if the rationing has to be continued, and if we want to stop the rationing, we will also tell of the criteria to do so.
“To date, water levels at the dams only went up by one percent but we have several suggestions to solve the matter and I will announce it after the discussion,” he said at the lobby of the Selangor State Assembly here, Tuesday. In this regard, Abdul Khalid also revealed a proposal to hold a special conference on the restructuring of the water industry in the state but it would only be done after the discussion period with the concessionaires was over. In the meantime, Abdul Khalid expressed the readiness of the State Government to be sued by any quarters who were unhappy with the shortage of water or rationing of supply as being currently done. He clarified, it was up to the parties concerned if they found a need to do so. “The decision to ration water was made based on the water that we have now.
“In fact, it was done under a committee comprising the National Water Commission, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor and local authorities and we are prepared to explain this matter,” he said. He said this when asked to comment if any parties wanted to sue the State Government following its failure to provide continuous water supply to consumers in the state and had implemented water rationing since March. The first stage of the rationing started on March 2 involving six districts, namely, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor and now entered the fourth stage involving 6.7 million consumers. Nevertheless, Abdul Khalid explained that the water rationing plan implemented was not intended to cause difficulties to the people but as a guarantee to provide continuous water supply service to consumers.