KLANG: The MCA has called on the Selangor government to improve the water distribution system and upgrade the dams to prevent another water crisis.
Its president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the state should take immediate action to avoid rationing, which had inconvenienced consumers for nearly two months.
“They should not sit on it. They should not play politics or try to practise a populist approach again,” he added.
Although the water crisis in Selangor had eased off temporarily, Liow said there was no guarantee that it would not recur, pending the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant, which would take three years to complete.
He said the Cabinet had, numerous times over the years, warned Selangor of a possible water crisis in 2014 if the plant was not built.
“And today, the people in the state have to suffer for it,” he said, adding that the crisis had also affected the economy.
So far, 785 projects – mostly in the construction and SMIs (small and medium industries) – were delayed due to the water problem, he told reporters after a briefing on the party’s transformation plan to Selangor MCA leaders and members yesterday.
Water rationing was imposed in stages in Selangor beginning Feb 25, affecting 6.7 million people, following weeks of hot weather and a decline in water level at the dams. The rationing was eventually lifted on May 1.
At another event, Liow said that MCA’s decision to rejoin the Cabinet was based on a desire to help the Chinese community and all Malaysians.
“We are not rejoining the Cabinet for positions.
“But the positions will enable us to resolve pending problems,” he said after launching the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia’s Dharma Walk 2014.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Saturday said that MCA could not stay outside of the Government as it was part and parcel of the Barisan Nasional Government.
Liow said the move would allow MCA to have better access to Government resources to help those in need.
He said MCA state lawmakers would also be joining the various state executive councils.
Chenderiang assemblyman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon would be joining the Perak exco on May 12, he said.