Motives of the Federal Government Highly Suspicious

The Special Cabinet Committee (“SCC”) that was announced by the Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA),  Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui consists of people with  biased interests in the current water issue.

As a representative of the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Government, attending various meetings in Putrajaya on the water restructuring issue, I know that all the members of the new SSC were present at those meetings and all the 4 members of the new SSC have at one time or another campaigned for need of Langat 2. In Oct 2011, I attended the Majlis Sumber Air Negara meeting chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister himself,  and even at this meeting they pushed and lobbied that Langat 2 be allowed to proceed.

From this we can gauge the biased stance of this committee.

The timing of the formation of this new SCC is highly questionable. The committee was only formed after the Selangor Government announced our intention to take over SYABAS. We know that by taking over SYABAS we can protect the provision and distribution of water in a responsible manner. We will not allow money to be wasted on the absurd salaries being currently paid to the Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and other top management of SYABAS. We will protect the rakyat and maintain low water tariffs and free water.
WHO is this new special cabinet committee protecting ?

It is important to note that at that meeting in 2011, Dato Husni Sulaiman, Pengarah Jabatan Air dan Saliran Negara announced that the cabinet and Federal government had decided to return all water assets to their respective states (as per WSIA 2006).  Following this decision the water assets for Penang, Johor, Melacca, Negeri Sembilan, and Pahang have all been given back to their states except for Selangor.

So why now form a new committee just to discuss the takeover of SYABAS  by the Selangor Government. What is so different about Selangor? We request that the Federal Government be as fair to us as they have been to all the other states where the State takeover of the water assets have been completed.

Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Selangor