Selangor water impasse must be resolved soon: Water Ministry

FRANCIS DASS

KUALA LUMPUR: Complications surrounding Selangor’s water consolidation plans can be resolved if all relevant parties come together and thrash out contentious issues.

Acting Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTHA) Senator Datuk Seri SK Devamany said the federal government is keen to see the issue resolved, as it would benefit the rakyat.

"I think you know the terms and conditions (involved). So, (the relevant parties should) sit down and settle (the matter) as fast as possible, so that a water crisis will not happen again in the future.

"The stumbling block is the terms and conditions of the negotiations. It is about the dollars and cents, at the end of the day," he said.

Devamany spoke to reporters today when officiating the Electric, Power and Renewable Energy (EPRE) Malaysia 2017 event here.

He added that the federal government wants to settle the issue with SPAN (Water Services Commission) and the Selangor government.

"For the benefit of the rakyat, the faster we settle this, the better, and everybody must take responsibility for this," he said.

According to a CIMB Equity Research report released today, "a high-level meeting between officials from the federal government and Selangor state has been set, which both hope could bring an end to the long-standing impasse in the water sector".