KUALA LUMPUR: State governments, particularly Sabah and Sarawak, must buck up and take immediate measures to resolve the critical water problem, said Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.
He said the states must do so before the water management was placed under federal administration.
“Don’t transfer the responsibility of cleaning up the problem to the Federal Government,” he said at a media briefing yesterday to announce Gerakan’s national delegates conference on Saturday.
He said the water management of Sabah and Selangor gave him the “biggest headache.”
He said Sabah's non-revenue water stood at 65% and the state owed RM900mil to its three water concessionaires while Selangor's non-revenue water stood at 45% and it owed its three concessionaires RM2.2bil.
He also said Selangor could not afford to even replace old pipes and there were complaints the water was dirty.
Dr Lim revealed that water tariff would not be the same for all the states after the management was federalised.