Penang govt advised to hold public consultation exercise on planned 100pct water surcharge hike

GEORGE TOWN: The National Water Services Commission Malaysia (SPAN) has advised the Penang government to conduct a public consultation exercise over its plans to increase the water conservation surcharge by 100 per cent.

National Water Services Commission Malaysia (SPAN) chairman Datuk Liang Teck Meng said no decision has been made on the state government's proposal yet.

He said SPAN has asked the state government to explain the rationale of the proposed increase.

"At the end, the Penang government should go back to the people and ask if they are happy with the 100 per cent increase.

"Only then can SPAN bring the matter to the Cabinet's attention for a final decision," he said after a working visit to the Batu Ferringhi sewage treatment plant here today.

Present were SPAN chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Ridhuan Ismail, Indah Water Consortium (IWK) chairman Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang and IWK acting chief executive officer Mohamed Haniffa Abdul Hamid.

It was reported that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng 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 had said that the state government's 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 increased the revenue and profit of Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP).






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