Pahang water shortage issue

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Even as the BN Federal government tried to flex it muscles on water-related issues in PR-led states of Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan, the state of Pahang has been hit by serious water shortage during the Hari Raya festive season.

According to a report published by Sinar Harian, Jengka 7 residents in Pahang were bugged by water supply interruption during the recent holiday season.

“There is so much water yet it does not reach the consumer. This points to clear failure at the management level,” said a resident.

BN has in recent times accused PR-led states of water mismanagement, and is currently locked in an intense battle with Selangor who had refused to succumb to UMNO-linked water concessionaire SYABAS’s pressure to raise tariff.

A Jengka resident has meanwhile written to Harakahdaily to inform that water woes were not only limited to Jengka 7 and 12 as reported by Sinar, but also Jengka 10, 11 and 16.

“This has been happening since the 70’s,” said Khairi Muzakir, who said the BN government had been ignoring the problem.

“Is this the so-called ‘Promises Fulfilled’? asked blogger Cucu Mat Kilau.

“Where’s the PM? Kelantan and Selangor were accused of incompetent in managing water, but in Pahang it is worse. It has been 40 years. Pity those affected,” he added, referring to prime minister Najib Razak who hails from Pahang.

He further stressed that water services had deteriorated following the privatisation of the Pahang Water Department. -Harakah