THE state government needs to prioritise Perak’s own water needs first before considering supplying the resource to other states.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said a series of discussions on the sale of water have been held at the federal level, but nothing has been decided as the state is still evaluating all factors relevant to the proposal.
“There have been several discussions because there are rivers located at the state’s borders with Selangor and Penang.
“We need to assess all aspects of the potential sales and, more importantly, whether such a move benefits Perak,” he told reporters after opening the World Water Day celebration at Laman Budaya in Kuala Kangsar, last week.
“The sale of water is not being politicised as the state must look after its own needs and the needs of its people,” he added.
Natural Resources and Environmental Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Hamim Samuri said Perak is among one of the best states in the country in terms of conservation of its environment, especially water resources.
He urged the cooperation and involvement of all parties, including the public, in matters concerning the care for the environment. – Bernama