Blame game over Selangor water woes continues


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  • Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016

KLANG: The Selangor water woes blame game continues – with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic) reiterating that he has evidence that sabotage is behind the contamination of Sungai Semenyih and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar denying it.

Azmin said the element of foul play was clear, especially since it took much longer than normal for the federal agencies responsible to take action.

However, Dr Wan Junaidi said it was a baseless allegation and urged Azmin to lodge a police report if he truly had proof.

“No evidence of sabotage has been found so far in our investigation into the contamination of Sungai Semenyih,” Dr Wan Junaidi told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

He said the ministry viewed Azmin’s claim very serious.

“We are talking about something that affects many people,” he said.

Speaking to reporters after attending a ceremony to connect the third Klang Bridge yesterday, Azmin said the Selangor Water Management Board Authority had already lodged a police report.

He said it was clearly a sabotage based on the frequency of the contamination, how it was done and how long it took for the federal agency to mobilise.

“For instance, we reported the contamination to the Department of Environment at 6.10pm on Sunday and they only came to the location on Monday afternoon. So how do you collect the proof?” he said.

In another development, Selangor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar has challenged Azmin to make any police reports public.

“I want to request for a copy of the police report and see what was being alleged. We want to know whether the reports are real. Where were they lodged? If they are false then we will file a report,” he said.

The Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant, which was closed on Sunday due to odour pollution, resumed operations on Monday.

Meanwhile, MCA Religious Harmony Bureau deputy chairman Datuk Ng Chok Sin has urged Azmin to concentrate on resolving the water problems.

“When the problem first arose, Azmin’s first action was not to try and resolve the problem, instead he played politics and misused the people’s suffering to slander his political opponents,” Ng told a press conference.

He said the Selangor people had experienced too many water shortages and contaminations this year.

Wanita MCA national vice-chairman Datuk Ong Chong Swen said the people of Selangor were fed up of water cuts.

“Residents in the group chats I’m in are angry with the water cuts every few weeks,” she said.

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