A STATE assemblyman criticised Syarikat Air Johor for increasing the water tariff by up to 30% from today to offset losses accumulated over the years.
Ng Kim Lai (BN–Mengkibol) said the company should not burden consumers with higher rates.
“There are many ways to avoid losses and make a profit but not by increasing the tariff by 30%,” he added.
Ng said the company's annual report last year showed it recorded a revenue of RM377,232,429 and a profit of RM111,651,140.
“Syarikat Air Johor can use this amount to replace old pipelines in stages. The company had increased the tariff by 40% on Jan 1, 2001.
“In less than three years, the company has decided to increase the water tariff again.”