THE Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government continues to battle it out with Syabas and the federal government for control over water resources. What are the key questions that need to be asked about the water issue in Selangor? Refsa maps it out for us.
Selangor, apparently, is facing a water crisis. But is that really so? Gan Pei Ling examines the intricacies and politics behind Selangor’s water woes. She also wonders why Syabas is calling on the Selangor government to expedite a multi-billion interstate water project when it can’t fully distribute all treated water and the state is still losing 32% in non-revenue water.
THE federal government has prevailed yet again in keeping secrets from the Malaysian public. On 25 Feb 2011, the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court decision compelling the disclosure of an audit report and a 2004 water concession agreement. How are the audit report and the agreement significant? And why did the Court of […]
Who really caused Selangor to be in a deadlock with private water concessionaires over restructuring the water industry and ensuring that water tariffs would not be frequently raised?
THIS instalment of Ampersand is on my experiences dealing with issues unrelated to my work as a councillor, but which get directed to me anyway. As always, there are no morals behind these stories, save the ones readers chose to interpret for themselves. Bath and taxes The call for maghrib prayers was still resounding when […]
PETALING JAYA, 1 July 2009: Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd (Abass)’s acceptance of the Selangor government’s offer to buy its water-related assets for RM946 million is a sign of progress in the state’s efforts to restructure its water services industry. “The state government would like to thank Abass for its decision which has taken the state […]
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 April 2009: Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) today said it had been directed by the federal government to freeze a RM2.6-billion project to replace old mains and communication pipes in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. The freeze is in view of the restructure of the water management sector in these […]
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 April 2009: The cabinet has asked the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry to provide more information on the proposed water tariff adjustment for Selangor and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. It needed to scrutinise the information together with the ministry’s recommendations before deciding on the matter, it said in […]
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 March 2009: Selangor has roped in the help of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and a union to back its bid to regain control of water distribution in the state. At a press conference in parliament yesterday, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) and the Coalition Against Water Privatisation (CAWP) handed a memorandum to […]
SHAH ALAM, 26 Feb 2009: The water review panel, formed by the Selangor government to review the restructuring of the water industry in the state, has yet to begin negotiations with the federal government for the acquisition of its water assets. One of the panel members, Professor Dr Subramaniam Pillay, told a media briefing the […]