Selangor water probe necessary as it involves public funds: Former chief minister

Selangor water probe necessary as it involves public funds: Former chief minister
A view of Hulu Langat dam in Selangor.

A transparent audit should be carried out on the Selangor water concessionaires to clear allegations of corruption in the RM9.65bil (S$3.6 billion) deal, said former mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

The Bandar Tun Razak MP said this was necessary as it involved public funds, especially in the process of restructuring the state water industry estimated at RM20bil.

"We do not want the Selangor people to end up paying more than the water deal price of RM9.65bil," he said while debating the motion of thanks on the royal address.

He said the probe into the water deal should be supported by all Pakatan Rakyat MPs, especially Tony Pua (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara) and Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai).

Meanwhile, Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali was optimistic that both the state and federal authorities were eager to find a solution to the long-running issue.

He said he made the intention clear to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when they met briefly yesterday on the sidelines of the Meeting of the Conference of Rulers.

"As a last resort, I am sure we can sit down and discuss the issue," he told reporters after a Pakatan Rakyat meeting in Parliament yesterday.

Azmin said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili "must hold fast to the spirit and understanding of the master agreement".

"If you keep changing the goalpost, it would be hard for us to make a decision," said Azmin.

He added that he would hold discussions with the ministry next week.

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