Water master deal restored

Water master deal restored

PUTRAJAYA - The Federal and Selangor government will complete the state's water industry restructuring exercise within 60 days following successful talks to revive the Master Agreement.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said he had a fruitful meeting with Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali on Tuesday to resolve outstanding issues and obstacles to the implementation of the agreement.

"The mentri besar agreed to conclude the restructuring exercise as soon as possible by reviving the Master Agreement.

"We both also agreed to complete the restructuring exercise within 60 days," Dr Ongkili said in a statement yesterday.

He said they agreed to relook at the outstanding issues and find amicable solutions for the sake of the people of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, who have been affected by uncertainties over water supply.

"Officials from the Federal Government and the state government will proceed immediately with the actions required to implement the Master Agreement," he said.

The Federal Government had previously given the Selangor government until April 30 to decide on continuing with the implementation of the Master Agreement.

Dr Ongkili said the Selangor government also promised to honour the commitments made earlier to speed up the issuance of approvals for permits and land required for the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant and its distribution system.

He added that the Federal Government was concerned that the stalled restructuring exercise and Langat 2 project had affected water supply security in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, where the reserve margin for treated water was about two per cent.

"There is also concern that the people will suffer more during this coming dry period as the raw water reserve in various reservoirs is not at the usual level during this time of the year," he said.

Meanwhile, Azmin described his meeting with Dr Ongkili as "very productive".

"We want to move on," he told reporters after attending the Agenda Makmur Selangor and state subsidiary Darul Ehsan Investment Group launching ceremony in Shah Alam yesterday.

On an unrelated matter, he said all three parties in Pakatan Rakyat would meet soon to discuss the proposed shadow Cabinet.

In response to Bukit Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San's request for disclosure of salaries, allowances, payments and rewards received by board members and top management of state government-linked companies, Azmin also noted that the Selangor government had no problem disclosing information to those who needed it.

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