Gerakan hails water pact

PETALING JAYA: Gerakan Youth today welcomed the water agreement between Selangor and Putrajaya, saying it proved that the federal government had not sidelined the Pakatan-ruled state.

Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said Pakatan Rakyat should stop blaming others for the water woes in the country’s richest state and instead take a leaf from Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s book.

“We congratulate Tan Sri Khalid for entering into a memorandum of understanding with the federal government yesterday. It is a positive step towards resolving the state’s water problems.

“The federal government’s efforts have finally been accepted by the state government, especially in regard to the Langat 2 project,” Tan told reporters after submitting a memorandum to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim regarding the Selangor water crisis.

The memorandum was received by Anwar’s political secretary.

Under the agreement signed yesterday, the Selangor administration would immediately order the construction of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant and ensure that all approvals relating to its distribution system would be approved within 30 days.

The agreement obliges the federal government to inject funds to enable the state to take over water concession firms and manage water supply through a state-owned company.

Anwar told reporters yesterday that he was not told of yesterday’s signing although Khalid had been keeping him informed of the progress of his talks with Putrajaya.

But he welcomed the move, saying: “We wanted an immediate solution. In principle, we agree to a fast solution because we don’t want to burden the people.”






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