Ranhill unit going for water projects in two states

By ZAZALI MUSA in Johor Baru

JOHOR-BASED SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Ranhill Utilities Bhd, hopes to clinch water management projects in two other states in peninsular Malaysia this year. 

Its chief executive officer, Ahmad Zahdi Jamil, said the company had been requested by the two state governments to submit proposals on how to improve the water distribution systems in their states. 

He said the proposals were submitted to the respective state governments early last year and their decisions were expected to be announced by mid-year. 

However, Ahmad declined to give more details on the projects and their values, or identify the state governments involved, saying it was premature to do so.  

“We believe that the company was invited to participate in the projects based on our good track record in improving the distribution and supply of water in Johor,” he said at the official opening of the company’s RM1mil Johor Baru network office at Jalan Kolam Air by Ranhill Utilities chairman Tan Sri Salehuddin Mohamed yesterday. 

The 24-hour centre handles complaints and carries out maintenance work for Johor Baru district. The company has 13 similar centres in Johor. Another office will be opened in Yong Peng this year. 

Ahmad said the company planned to reduce the contribution to group earnings from non-water revenue to 25% by 2005 from the present 34% state-wide. The Batu Pahat and Muar districts at present had the highest NWR at 38% and 37% respectively, he added. 

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