FORMER Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim failed to pose a question to his successor Mohd Azmin Ali on the water restructuring exercise at the state assembly.
State assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh said she could not allow for additional questions and answers as the clock showed 11.30am.
Khalid, Port Klang assemblyman, stood up after Yeoh announced the closing of the allocated Q&A session.
Apologising to Khalid, Yeoh said, she had allowed the session on the water issue for 40 minutes and therefore she could not allow the assemblyman to speak.
“I just wish to explain something on the matter,’’ Khalid said while pulling a laughter to which Yeoh replied in the negative.
“In fact, I categorically invited Port Klang to speak on the issue and you did not come forward to do so,’’ she explained while referring to her earlier call if any of the assemblymen wanted clarification from Azmin.
Azmin had earlier said all was well in the state’s process of taking over of the water assets from four private companies namely Syabas, Puncak Niaga, Abbas and Splash.
To another question on whether the employees of the four water companies would be retained from Datuk Johan Abd Aziz (BN-Semenyih), Azmin said, the state government had no plans to terminate their services.
"We are concern about the welfare of the employees and will make sure they will not be victimised,’’ he said.
The state assembly was also told the construction of the long-awaited third bridge project in Klang is ahead of schedule.
State Infrastructure and Public Facilities committee chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib said the first phase of the project, which included land acquisition, had proceeded smoothly.
To a question from Datuk Sulaiman Abdul Razak (BN-Permatang), Zaidy said the construction of the first phase of the project was at 36.18%, which is ahead of schedule by 2.18%.
“The government has spent RM41.9mil on acquiring land for the project,” he said.
He added the total cost of the project was RM199.15mil and had been awarded to Syarikat Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd under an open tender.