MELAKA: Melaka enjoys good ties with Johor and continues to receive raw water supply from the neighbouring state, says Chief Minister Adly Zahari.
He said there was no issue that Johor had stopped the supply as the state is still pumping raw water from Sungai Gersik in Muar.
“We have an ongoing agreement with Johor and any statements that the supply of raw water had been stopped are inaccurate, ” he said Tuesday (Feb 4).
Adly was commenting on Melaka Opposition chief Datuk Seri Idris Haron who was reported to have said that the people had a right to know why Johor has discontinued supplying raw water to Melaka.
In an interview with The Star on Monday (Feb 3), Idris said the people should know the reasons behind the discontinuation of supply to the Jus Dam by Johor since last year and also concrete measures initiated by the state government to resolve the water crisis.
Adly said the issue of Johor not supplying water to Melaka was raised in the last state assembly proceeding and he was puzzled on the motive of raising it again in the media.
“Melaka has received approvals to pump water from Johor but it also depends on the availability of water in Sungai Gersik. We must understand that our neighbour too needs water supply.
“Currently, the supply from Johor is being pumped at a maximum rate although Melaka is in need of more water from Sungai Gersik. We need to make fresh requests every time we needed higher capacity, ” he said.
Adly said Idris’s statement could strain the good relationship between Melaka and Johor.
On former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Facebook posting that Melaka faced the worst water crisis in 25 years, the Chief Minister said Najib’s narrative was incorrect.
Adly said it was the federal government that shelved the Jernih Dam project in Alor Gajah in 2017.
“At that time, the federal government was under the administration of Najib and he should have given priority to providing water infrastructure to the state, ” he said.
Adly said Melaka would have had a steady supply of water if the Jernih Dam project had gone on as planned.
“We reactivated the construction of the dam in 2018, ” he said.
Adly said the state government would carefully look into the second phase of water rationing and only activate it if there was a need.
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