Maximus approves FT water proposal

ENERGY, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili has given a thumbs-up to the proposal to set up an independent water management body for states that fall under the purview of the Federal Territories.

According to Dr Maximus, the proposal, if implemented, could address the issue of water supply disruptions in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

“There is a need for Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya to find a way to fix the current situation. Among the issues raised was the management of resources.

“In terms of raw water supply, they (state government) can opt for underground water or water harvesting ... but this needs to be looked into.

“The idea is good. But we must adhere to current guidelines and laws,” he told reporters at Parliament.

On Sunday, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said the proposal to set up the Federal Territories Water Depart­­ment had been presented to the Cabinet and was currently waiting for a decision by KeTTHA.

Tengku Adnan said with the proposed department, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur would have its own water resources and need not have to depend on the Selangor government anymore.

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