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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

No decision yet on sale of water to Penang, says Perak MB


Saarani Mohamad at the event with the Orang Asli in Kampung Suak Padi near Parit, Perak. (Bernama pic)

PARIT: The Perak government has not decided yet on whether to sell raw water to Penang.

Menteri besar Saarani Mohamad said the state government was instead giving priority to channelling the natural resource to the domestic areas first, especially the Kerian district.

“At this stage, we are studying whether the water in Sungai Perak is sufficient or not for domestic use. We want to help the farmers and padi growers in the Kerian district as they often face water supply shortage during the dry season.

“There’s no final decision yet. We have to study the matter (of selling water to Penang) first due to the urgent need for sufficient water supply to farmers in the Kerian district.”

Saarani was speaking to reporters after officiating the opening of the Lambor community digital centre at the Mukim Lambor Penghulu Office in conjunction with the Menteri Besar Bersama Rakyat (Mesra) Programme in the Perak Tengah district, here, today.

Earlier, Saarani visited the Lambor Bridge that connects Kampung Lambor Kiri and Kampung Lambor Kanan across Sungai Perak and Kampung Dusoon Sara (kampung chicken) farm in Lambor Kanan, and officiated the event with the Orang Asli in Kampung Suak Padi, here.

Asked whether the raw water supply matter was still being discussed with the Penang government, he said he had recently met with Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow unofficially, with Chow still stating his state government’s interest in buying raw water from Perak. - FMT

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