If conditions continue, rationing will end next week, says MB

KLANG, Malaysia - Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim reiterated that water rationing would come to an end next week if the state's move to pump pond water into Sungai Selangor yields favourable results.

"We can call for the rationing to be stopped next week if the current conditions continue," Khalid told reporters after meeting the public at Dewan Hamzah here yesterday.

Khalid said the volume of water in the Sungai Selangor dam should be between 700 and 900 million cubic litres. The Selangor government has invested some RM10mil into buying high-powered pumps to draw water from old mining pools and the ponds.

"After being treated, the water is safe for consumption," he said.

"The water is cleaner than that from the rivers as the ponds are very old, some having been there for 30 years."

Later in the day, exco in charge of youth and sports, infrastructure and public amenities Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi echoed the Mentri Besar's comments.

"Rationing would be stopped as soon as the water level at the Sungai Selangor dam reaches 55 per cent," he said.

Dr Yunus also said there was improvement in the water levels in six of the seven dams in the state.

"There was also an increase of 1.18 per cent in the Sungai Selangor dam," he added.

On another matter, Khalid said blogger-turned DAP politician Jeff Ooi had no right to call for his resignation over the water shortage problem.

"I don't think he has the power," Khalid said of the Jelutong MP's outburst on Facebook recently.

MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong also lambasted Ooi for his outburst, saying Pakatan Rakyat, especially DAP, should not make Khalid a scapegoat over their collective incompetence in handling the water crisis.

The DAP cannot wash its hands off the crisis by pinning the blame entirely on Khalid.

"As part of the state government, DAP should be accountable too," Chua said in a statement.

He added that the DAP leaders had misled the people into believing that the state had sufficient water supply not too long ago.