Selangor MB Khalid: No need to sue, water analysis will go public

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 12 Jun 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor will make public its findings on the quality of water drawn from ex-mining ponds and rivers to allay the concerns of the people.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the details would be uploaded on Lembaga Pengurusan Air Selangor (LUAS) website next week.

"We are happy to be transparent about the results. There is no need to sue us," he told reporters after a meeting with Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He was responding to Klang MP Charles Santiago's threat to sue the Selangor state government if it failed to release its analysis report of the water.

Khalid said the analysis was conducted independently by Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd, Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad and the Health Ministry.

"The analysis is not only from mining ponds from Bestari Jaya but are from 20 ponds including water drawn from rivers here for treatment," he said.

He added Sports, Youth, Infrastructure and Public Amenities Committee chairman Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi would be issuing a statement on Friday on the findings to further shore confidence in water used for treatment.

"LUAS will also conduct workshops for parties of interest to show them how the water is analysed," he said adding that the analysis covered not only for heavy metals but other harmful elements.

"In every water supply, even treated water, there are presence of heavy metals.

"However, what is crucial is whether the traces of the elements are within the tolerable level set by the health ministry," he added.

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