GEORGE TOWN: The state government’s decision to raise the water surcharge is meant to penalise consumers who waste water, says Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said the penalty for those who waste water was also done to shed Penang’s reputation of a state with the highest per capita water consumption in the country.
“Many non-governmental organisations have criticised us for not increasing the water price which has led to water wastage. This I agree.
“They said that the low water rate has resulted in consumers not appreciating water,” he said yesterday.
He was responding to former Penang deputy chief minister Datuk Dr Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who said that the proposed increase will burden the people.
Lim claimed that Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohamed Idris and Penang Water Watch chairman Prof Dr Chan Ngai Weng were among those who had suggested an increase water tariffs.
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