Govt prepares drought contingency plan


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 11 Mar 2010

PUTRAJAYA: The Government is prepared to implement a drought contingency plan including implementing water rationing and carrying out cloud-seeding should the current drought continues, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said.

At the moment, several areas such as Johor, Negri Sembilan, Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak were experiencing critical water shortages and had implemented water rationing, he said.

In the Klang Valley, he said, dams supplying water to consumers were still at 90% capacity.

“We have enough water for the next few weeks but if this drought is prolonged we have to take emergency steps,” he told reporters after receiving a delegation from South Korea headed by Senior Deputy Floor Leader of the Korean National Assembly Kim Jung-Hoon.

Chin added that the Government was also making preparation for the dry months of June and July.

On the visit by the South Korean delegation, Chin said it was to discuss the setting up of a parliamentary forum on green energy.

Meanwhile Kim said South Korea was keen to invest in green technology industry in Malaysia especially in oil palm biomass production.

The subject would be further discussed in future, he said.

“The Korean Government is also very interested in the Malaysian Government’s nuclear power plant project,” he said. -- Bernama

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