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Saturday, June 28, 2014

'Dry guarantee after water cuts not S'gor fault'


The recent water disruption in Selangor just days after the state guaranteed there would be no water rationing has left the state government red-faced.

Answering critics over the failed guarantee, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said it was based on the state's calculations that showed there was sufficient water supply.

However, he said it is Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) water distribution capabilities, not a lack of water, which had led to the recent water cuts.

He was responding to DAP's Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua's statement this morning which said the Pakatan state government and assemblypersons had been made to look like "fools" over the water disruption just after issuing a guarantee.

"Well, it may look bad (on us) but the state having calculated all things, there is enough water," he told a press conference in Pulau Indah, Port Klang this afternoon.

Earlier today Pua criticised Khalid's explanation yesterday attributing the unexpected water cuts to Syabas, over which the state had yet to gain full operational control in the ongoing water concessionaires takeover exercise.

"The question is - why did the state government give the ironclad 'guarantee' if it now gives the excuse of 'no control over Syabas'?

"Did the state secure a 'guarantee' from Syabas before issuing the "guarantee" to the public?" said Pua in his statement.

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