Selangor Government to Combine Restructuring, Langat 2 Construction
15 May 2013 - 07:09 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
MALAYSIA, KUALA LUMPUR — The government of Malaysia’s Selangor State will combine the Langat 2 water treatment plant project with its water sector restructuring plan “so that it will be not operated separately,” Selangor Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said this week.
“The restructuring plan has been completed,” said Ibrahim, who was reappointed to his post following Malaysia’s May 5 general elections. He said he would send a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak about the plan.
He resolving the restructuring issue was his first task as state minister.
Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Rahman, president of Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives, had previously warned that Ibrahim should not be re-appointed the head the state given his ineffectual leadership on basic needs including water supply and garbage collection.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin also expressed frustration over what he said was the state government’s “stalling” on approving construction of the Langat 2 plant, whose cost is estimated at $981 million to $1.6 billion USD.
Chin maintained that the plant was the best option to secure the necessary water, supply given the population increase and pace of industrial development in Selangor. He dismissed suggestions that the federal government’s push to build Langat 2 and the water disruptions in Selangor are politically driven.
Regardless of the state government’s stance, the country’s Cabinet has already given the green light to Langat 2, and will soon award the tender for the project, he said.
“I hope that when the contractor begins construction, there will be no more obstruction because the target date of 2016 is not that far away” he added.
On May 10, Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, executive chairman of Puncak Niaga Holdings, an investment holding company providing water and wastewater services, called for an end to the politicization of Selangor’s water supply issue.
Rozali, who serves as president of the Water Association of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (SWAn), called for a joint resolution by both state and federal governments on the best strategy to avoid a major water crisis in the Klang Valley.