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Make public the Puncak Niaga water treatment privatization concession to clearly establish who is responsible for the stinking water coming out of the taps in Klang Valley as a result of the massive Sunday flood
Media Statement (3)
The NST report reads:
‘Water quality not under us’
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs.
The company responsible for
treating water from Sungai Selangor distanced itself from the poor quality
of piped water last week.
One consequence of the massive Sunday flood in Selangor on February 26 was the stinking water coming out of the taps of hundreds of thousands of households in the Klang Valley.
Malay Mail of 28 February 2006 reported: “The smell was so bad that residents in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Klang, Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor and Kuala Langat feared that it might have been contaminated with sewage.”
After five days of silence, Malay Mail today reports “The Stinking Truth” – the release of effluents from factories, farms, rubbish dumps and sewerage ponds had caused the stinking water supply in parts of the Klang Valley.
This has started the dance of disclaiming responsibility as evidenced by the statement by the Chairman of Puncak Niaga Sdn. Bhd., which has the lucrative privatization contract for processing and treating raw water in Selangor, asserting that “if the river is polluted, how would you expect us to unpolluted it?”
Will the Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Khir Toyo then assume responsibility or are we going to see an intensification of the passing-the-buck game – ending up with the consuming public as the only suckers?
The Puncak Niaga raw water treatment privatization contract, as well as the 30-year Syabas water distribution privatization contract, should be made public immediately so that the consuming public know their exact rights.
After all, as part of the Selangor water privatization concession effective 1st January 2005, the federal government is committed to make a RM2.9 billion payout to Syabas. About RM1.34 billion will be used to partially settle Perbadanan Urus Air Selangor (PUAS’s) debts to three water treatment companies in the state, namely Puncak Niaga, ABBAS and Splash.
Or has the Sultan of Selangor again to show royal concern about the plight of his subjects in the state by summoning the relevant authorities and Puncak Niaga for an explanation?
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman