Sultan: Maintain terms of water deal

Sultan: Maintain terms of water deal
Royal text: Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali handing over the royal speech to Sultan Sharafuddin at the state assembly meeting in Shah Alam.

SHAH ALAM - The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah wants the restructuring agreement for water industry services in the state to be finalised immediately accor­ding to the main agreement signed by the state and federal governments on Sept 12, 2014.

He also wanted the process to be carried out based on the spirit and terms of the main agreement and not to be politicised by any party so that it could be properly implemen­ted to fulfil the development needs and life of the people of Selangor.

Sultan Sharafuddin said the state government must always be pre­­pared with the best measures to ensure there was adequate clean water for domestic and industrial needs.

"I am convinced that meetings and discussions can resolve this matter fairly to ensure more efficient and people-friendly services for treated water for all the people of Selangor.

"I also want my Mentri Besar to continue with the firm attitude in defending the sovereignty of the Selangor state and interest of the people," he said in his royal address at the opening of the third term of the 13th Selangor State Legislative Assembly sitting here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Sultan Sharafuddin wanted efforts to replace the Malay reserve land which had been cancelled due to the development projects in the state to be implemented immediately and the form of replacements should be of equi­valent condition and competitive market value.

"Bear in mind that the rights of the Malays and bumiputra must be protected, including the acreage of the Malay Reserve Land in line with Article 89, Chapter 3, of the Federal Constitution," he added.

The Sultan also emphasised on the ma­nagement of the environment and ecosystem through the conservation of permanent forest reserves and the planting of trees in Selangor that must be given attention following the floods that struck the east coast last December.

Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said the state government was committed to seal the water deal with the Federal Government.

"I have stated many times that we are committed to finalise the agreement with the condition it maintained the spirit and terms of the initial agreement," he told reporters after the ceremony.

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