Ministry to intervene in Selangor water issue

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: Water resource |

eco-business.com

The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry will intervene in the takeover of four concession companies in an effort to resolve the Selangor water issue.

Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said he would present a working paper on the solution to Cabinet this month as talks to restructure water supply had stalled.

“The Selangor government has run out of excuses. It has to be resolved fast as it will adversely affect the water industry.

“It is the ministry’s final effort after Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim failed with his offers.

“The offers centred on a condition that is difficult to realise. The four concession companies could not accept the condition and offers, (and the) efforts failed.

“How can it succeed when the offers to Splash and ABASS are less than that for 2009,” he told reporters after the ministry’s Chinese New Year function here Thursday.

He was confident that the Selangor government would fully cooperate with the federal government for the sake of consumers and the water industry.

The four concession companies are Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd (PNSB), Syarikat Pengeluaran Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) and Konsortium ABASS Sdn Bhd (ABASS).

Chin said the water issue should not be prolonged and urged the Selangor government to put aside political differences to realise the restructuring exercise.

“I can’t reveal contents of the paper until it is approved. The solution is a joint effort by the Selangor and federal government.

“Hopefully, it will be the final chapter in resolving the water restructuring issue in Selangor,” he added.

 

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