Penang's plan to increase water surcharge unfair, will burden users: State Umno

BALVIN KAUR


GEORGE TOWN: The state government’s suggestion to once again increase the water conservation surcharge by up to 100 per cent is unfair and will burden the people affected.


State Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman said this was the second time the state government raised the water conservation surcharge, since it was introduced in Nov 2010.


“The state government’s campaign to save water by increasing the water surcharge since 2010 had failed to reduce the water consumption per capita in the state.


“By using the excuse of the high water consumption per capita, the state government raised the water conservation surcharge by a 100 per cent from 24 sen to 48 sen for each 1,000 litres above of 35,000 litres used per month in 2013.


“Now, the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is using the same excuse to once again raise the water conservation surcharge by 100 per cent from 48 sen to RM1,” he said.


It was reported that Lim had said that the state government planned to increase the water conservation surcharge from 48 sen to RM1 per 1,000 litres above of 35,000 litres of water used, to reduce domestic water usage.


He said the state government move to fine or penalise the people with the water conservation surcharge had clearly failed to reduce the water usage per capita per day, but had increase the revenue and profit of Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP).


“We must also remember that the domestic water tariff for the state was also raised by 16.7 per cent in 2015, despite repeated promises that the state government will not increase the tariff.


“In contrast, for the 15 years, from 1993 to 2008, of the Barisan Nasional state administration, the price of water was not raised even once.


“In fact, there was no any surcharge imposed on the users.” he said.