KUALA LANGAT: The new rates for water tariff in all states could be announced at the latest by year-end, the government announced.
Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar said the matter would be brought to the Cabinet for discussion.
“I will only announce the tariff increase in each state after the ministers agreed with the new rates... maybe by the end of the year but I cannot promise anything, ” he told reporters after flagging off the Run For Peace 2019 in Morib yesterday.
Also present were Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) secretary-general Lok Chee Khong and Morib assemblyman Hasnul Baharuddin.
About 1,500 participants joined the run which was held outside Klang for the first time since it was organised by SGM in 2005.
Asked on the percentage of increase consumers could expect, Dr Xavier said the ministry would ensure the tariff raise will not burden the people.
“We understand the people’s situation but they should also understand that the water industry has not changed its rate for a long time and needs a larger operating capital now, ” he said.
On the run, the Kuala Langat MP said it was helpful in promoting racial unity and religious harmony. — Bernama