Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim: We will Stall

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SHAH ALAM  –  The Selangor government will stall the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant for as long as needed to get the water restructuring plan started.

“I have written to the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister (Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui) and the Deputy Prime Minister numerous times to say that returning water assets to the state government is the only way forward,” said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, adding that he had yet to received a positive response on the issue.

“So, we will wait even up to 100 years for this,” Khalid told reporters Wednesday after chairing the weekly executive council meeting.

Chin had said that the Langat 2 and the distribution system was suffering a delay of up to 40.55% – or about 29 months from the original schedule – due to the refusal of the Selangor government in giving the required approval.

According to the original schedule as reported in The Star, he said the project should be 68.95% ready but as of October, the status of the project construction was only 28.40%.

The state government has been adamant about restructuring the water industry and has refused to give the green light for the construction of the multi-billion ringgit project.

Khalid and several water experts hired by the state government to speak about the issue have said the construction of the Langat 2 would cause an increase in water tariffs, which would deny the free water scheme to residents in Selangor.