Water Resource Bill to be tabled next year

Tengku Zulpuri (centre) being briefed on river improvement works by Bumi Gagah project manager Mohamad Nizam Abdul Rafar.

THE Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry is expected to table the Water Resource Bill early next year, said its deputy minister Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji.

He said the ministry was engaging with state governments on the implementation of the bill.

“We are trying to convince state governments on the matter.

“When the states are confident with the bill and agree with it, we will then table the Water Resource Bill early next year in Parliament, ” he said.

The Water Resource Bill will be used by all states to enhance the management, control and enforcement of their water resources.

It will also guide discussions and coordination on issues involving water resources that are shared by two or more states.

Tengku Zulpuri said the Water Resource Bill was important as it can effectively improve the water resource management in the country.

He said among the objectives of the bill was to enable the regulation and control of matters related to water resource management between states as well as between international boundaries.

“I hope that with the implementation of the bill, the Federal Government will have more power in managing the stormwater runoff in the country, ” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Tengku Zulpuri officiated the launch of the National Conference on Stormwater Management (SWaM 2019) at The Light Hotel Penang in Seberang Jaya, near Butterworth.

The conference is the second series of national conferences held every two years by the Malaysian Stormwater Organisation with the support of the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry, the River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre and Universiti Sains Malaysia.

About 150 professionals from state and federal government agencies, consulting firms, contractors and developers from across the country participated in the four-day event.

Tengku Zulpuri said SWaM 2019 gathered professionals in the country who are involved in water resource management to share their input during the event.

Apart from seminars, dialogues, and paper presentations by the participants, there were also booths on water management.

Themed ‘Managing Stormwater Runoff’, SWaM 2019 emphasised strengthening the institutional and legal framework of effective stormwater management.

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