Group wants Selangor govt to resolve frequent water cuts


Klang Valley residents are fed up with unscheduled water cuts caused by frequent contamination of rivers. — Filepic

THE Selangor government is urged to put an end to the frequent water disruption that has hit the Klang Valley this year.

Otai Reformis 1998 secretary Abdul Razak Ismail said it had planned to submit two memoranda to the state on Wednesday but this had to be put on hold due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

“We decided to cancel handing over the memoranda.

“However, we truly hope this matter is looked into seriously as in the past nine months alone, we have had to deal with 13 water disruptions,” he said.

Abdul Razak said they were also shocked to read reports of water treatment plants having been closed 744 times since 2008.

“On average, the treatment plants are shut almost once every month and this affects thousands of households,” he said.

In the first memorandum,

the group called on Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari’s salary to be cut for failing to tackle the issue.

It also called for Air Selangor’s chief operating officer to be replaced with someone who would be more proactive in ensuring water supply would not be disrupted so often.

The second memorandum urged Selangor Speaker Ng Suee Lim to hold a Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency meeting to address the matter.

“We are of the opinion that Air Selangor is not doing enough in looking after our rivers, which is our main water source.

“It has failed to keep them free from pollution,” he added.

The group also proposed that the state pass an enactment to categorise rivers that flow into water treatment plants as safe zones.

These safe zones must also have round-the-clock monitoring by all agencies to ensure the rivers do not get polluted.

“With this enactment, it will also give the state powers to relocate factories, living quarters and other structures by the river to a more suitable location to prevent their activities from polluting the water source,” said Abdul Razak.
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