ALOR SETAR: Kedah will hold a discussion with Penang soon on the state’s intention to seek raw water payment.
State secretary Datuk Mohd Puat Mohd Ali and Kedah legal adviser Datuk Anas Ahmad Zakie have been instructed to meet their Penang counterparts to discuss the matter.
“This is a process before the actual negotiations,” Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir told newsmen after meeting with the Kedah local government council members here yesterday.
It was reported that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had said that Penang would not pay Kedah for drawing water from Sungai Muda, as it was taken from the Penang side.
Despite the spat with Kedah on the water supply issue, Lim still announced that PBA Holdings Bhd had recorded an increase in revenue by about 3.5% year-on-year in 2012.
Mukhriz had said that the state would not ask for more than they deserved.
“We have a valid argument.
“Although several representatives from Penang have already had their say regarding this issue, we also have our own views,” he said.
Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid urged both Kedah and Penang to sit down amicably and discuss the matter thoroughly.
“From the legal point of view, there are a lot of things that they still need to check.
“We need to look at it from all angles.”
Earlier, the deputy minister had attended a farewell luncheon which was held by the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (Mada) for him on his last day as chairman yesterday.
Mahdzir said that so far, none of the states had submitted a letter to his ministry seeking an intervention on the issue.
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