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SELANGOR’S WATER SUPPLY CRUNCH : IS THERE OR IS THERE NOT SUFFICIENT WATER FOR THE POPULATION?

The spat between the Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) led Selangor State Government and the UMNO led company that supplies water to households in Selangor appears to be coming to a head.

Not only that…..it appears to be generating further confusion amongst the populace…..going by the statements made by both parties!

Hey, wasn’t it said that water on earth would run out before that of crude oil?

It was therefore quite a relief when the Klang Valley region (which is located in Selangor state) had experienced constant rainfall over the year……inspite of the yearly haze coming from Sumatra.

It was equally shocking subsequently when  we read about the planned rationing of water in Selangor…..organised by UMNO led Syabas.

Btw, Syabas is a subsidiary of Puncak Niaga Berhad, a company listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, and controlled by Rozali Ismail, a lawyer turned businessman.

Rozali surfaced as the man to ‘takeover’ the management of Selangor’s water supply under the UMNO Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor then, Muhammad Taib a.k.a. Mat Tyson. Of course, Rozali is now said to be one of the richest men in Malaysia.

Coming back to the planned water rationing plans, many of us would therefore infer that the rainfall has not been sufficient to meet the needs of the rising population of the richest state in Malaysia.

It was then that members of the Selangor State Government clarified that the dams that hold water for  households are indeed up to the brim and even ‘overflowing’!!

Okay, things are slightly clearer now……there is enough water but Syabas doesn’t seem to be able to supply enough to the households!

Syabas then counters with accusations that the Selangor State Government has barred the building of more water treatment plants e.g. Langat to supply to Selangor’s increasing population!

Just what the heck is going on here?

From the looks of it……it’s MONEY…..it always has been and always will be!

Syabas (and hence UMNO) has been perceived to be a ‘milk cow’ for the establishment since management of the water supply to households in Selangor was given monopoly status to its croney (read: Rozali Ismail).

Not only that, monies collected from the sale of water to households and businesses do not appear to have been re-invested into addressing issues like Non Revenue Water  or better known as NRW (water lost through leakages, pilferages etc).

The NRW is the crux of the matter since the ‘leaks’ are occurring at the pipes between the water treatments plants operated by Syabas and the households/establishments…..which comes under the responsibility of Syabas! 

Will having an additional water treatment plant in Langat actually resolve the water woes in the State?

Unlikely.

That’s because the leaks need to be resolved…..and should have been done ages ago.

On the challenge from the UMNO establishment as to what the Selangor State Government can do……which Syabas is perceived to be unable to?

Well, Syabas has to pass control of the water operations (which it has abysmally failed to run efficiently) to the State first before that question can be answered.

For was it not said that the proof of the pudding is in its eating?

So let the Selangor State Government prove their ability to reduce the Non Revenue Water in the state for all to see……or forever be damned!

Btw, if the Selangor State Government does get the mandate to take over the operations of Syabas, I’m quite certain key personnel from Penang’s PBA (Perbadanan Bekalan Air) will be seconded to Selangor.

Penang has one of the lowest, if not lowest, NRW in the country!

Click HERE for another more detailed…..and convincing assessment of the water woes of Selangor.


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