High-level team to monitor daily operations

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  • Thursday, 19 Jul 2012

SHAH ALAM: A high-level professional team will be commissioned to monitor the daily operations of water concessionaire Syabas.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the team will keep the state government posted on the actual scenario of treated water supply in Selangor.

The team comprises Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd CEO Suhaimi Kamaruzaman, Konsortium ABBAS director Abas Abdullah, Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor water management general manager Karim Endut and Perangsang Selangor planning, strategic and investment head Kevin Lee.

“This group is sent in because Syabas failed to give a detailed and satisfactory explanation on a few issues when it briefed the state secretary this morning.

“We are confident that this team will be able to cooperate with Syabas as all its members are experienced in water operations and management,” Khalid told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting.

It is learnt that a letter had been sent to Syabas informing the company of the team’s agenda, and the four will be able to start work as soon as Syabas gives the green light.

Meanwhile, state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar said that except for the senior management, Syabas staff would not be affected by the state government’s effort to step in to the water company’s operations.

“All Syabas staff under the technical category and mid-level management and administration will be maintained, while senior management would be revamped,” he said.

On the government’s intention to assume Syabas’ operations, Khalid said executive councillors Dr Xavier, Teresa Kok, Ronnie Liu and Iskandar Samad will personally deliver the letter to Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin in Putrajaya at 11am today.

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