Air Selangor CEO: Better communication among industry players needed to curb water crises

PORT KLANG: The latest abrupt water disruption would have been better handled if the water concessionaire company Air Selangor had been informed about the closure of some (third party) "treatment" plants, says its chief executive officer Suhaimi Kamaralzaman.

He said Air Selangor was not notified about the closures.

“If you have closed, I would appreciate that you told us about it,’’ said Suhaimi.

He explained that if a plant has to be closed by a particular operator due to overflowing or other issues, it will be at high risk of polluting the environment.

“Whoever operates a plant, factory or anything that discharges waste into drains and rivers, if there is a problem with your plant or factory, please inform us so that we can arrest it earlier,’’ said Suhaimi.

The current situation, he said, indicated that there was no open communication among industry players which contributed to the abrupt water disruption crisis.

“It takes various parties to work together to ensure the rivers are not polluted.

“By right, relevant agencies which are monitoring the rivers should, upon finding any occurrence of pollution, notify Air Selangor," he added.

Suhaimi, who accompanied Port Klang assemblyman Azmizam Zaman Huri to Arista Apartments in Bandar Parklands here, spoke to reporters after distributing some 800 bottles of drinking water to residents there on Thursday (Nov 12).

Meanwhile, Azmizam has urged for the water issue to not be politicised and called for a committee comprising all relevant agencies to be formed.

“There must also be clear guidelines and standard operating procedure for all these agencies to adhere to in managing water contamination issues and ensure people get clean water,’’ he said.

Azmizam also said that all parties should cooperate and work together to better serve the people.

“Like Suhaimi said, if it (the contamination) had been informed earlier, this would not have happened,’’ he added.

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