Kedah: Penang should pay 10 sen per cubic metre for raw water

(Starpic by G.C.TAN/The Star-18th MAY 2020)

ALOR SETAR: Kedah intends to charge Penang 10 sen for every cubic metre of raw water drawn from Sungai Muda but is willing to negotiate the rate with the state government.

Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor (pic) said: “Kedah wants only payment for charges and not any other kind of contribution or compensation.”

As such, he said Kedah was still demanding payment from the Penang government for charges on raw water drawn from Sungai Muda.

Muhammad Sanusi said this in response to Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man’s statement that it would be good if Penang which benefited a lot could contribute financially to Kedah, which has sacrificed for water catchment areas to ensure the states’ water resources are guaranteed.

On a separate matter, Muhammad Sanusi said he could not give any assurance that illegally built structures, including houses of worship, would not be demolished as it was against the law.

“Building a structure on land belonging to other parties is an offence under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, ” he said.

On Monday, a coalition of non-governmental organisations urged the Mentri Besar to give his assurance that the government would stop demolishing Hindu temples in the state and would instead relocate them if necessary. — Bernama

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