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Former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim says details on his successor Mohamed Azmin Ali’s decision to halt the state's water restructuring plan with the federal government were 'too scant for comments'.
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 9, 2015:
Former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the water restructuring exercise which began in 2008 was meant to benefit the public.
Claiming that he was shocked by the decision of his successor, Mohamed Azmin Ali, to halt the state’s water restructuring plan with the federal government, Abdul Khalid admitted that details of the announcement were “too scant for comments”.
Khalid, in a Facebook post, however, believed that both the federal and state governments “must eat the humble pie and agree on a feasible solution that will ultimately benefit the rakyat”.
“Lopsided agreements in favour of concession companies have put the rakyat at the losing end for so long. This has to stop.”
Earlier today, Azmin stated in Parliament that the federal government had failed to honour the agreement, leading the Selangor state government to cease the water restructuring plan, leading to the uncertainty over the RM3 billion Langat 2 water treatment plant project.
The ball, Azmin also said, was now in the federal government’s court.
It had been reported that two extensions were given by the Selangor state government to the federal government on Jan 9 and Feb 9 respectively after the signing of the deal in September last year before Azmin took office.
Air Selangor Sdn Bhd was supposed to take over the operations and maintenance of the state’s water treatment plants from the concessionaires in the state.
The Langat 2 water treatment plant project would have proceeded following this agreement.
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