S’gor’s proposal to use membrane technology to solve water problem is ‘not viable’! What’s next, Khalid?

The Selangor government’s proposal to use membrane technology to solve the state’s water shortage problem has been dismissed as “not viable”.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Monday the technology was not only “costly” but it would also fail to increase water supply.

“I have consulted the engineering experts and they told me it is not practical. It improves water quality but water supply is not increased. But our water quality is already of international standards,” said Muhyiddin after a visit to the Langat 2 treatment plant site Monday.

“The cost of implementing the technology is about RM95mil per treatment plant, and if it is used on all 34 plants it would be around RM3bil. This is not the solution,” he added.

On his visit to Pahang-Selangor raw water transfer tunnel earlier, Muhyiddin said the progress of the project was good and it was expected to be completed in 2014.

“That is why we hope we can go ahead with building the Langat 2 treatment plant, which is already two years behind schedule,” he said.

Water problem in Selangor has been the talk of the town for many months.  There were many proposals made by the State Government since their “not commerically justifiable” purchase prices in the offers to take over the water assets were rejected by the water concessionaires.  However, these proposals of the State Government were either impractical or merely excuses to conceal their incapabilities of solving the water crisis in Selangor. 

The State Government is too obsessed about taking over the water assets until they threathened the Federal Government that  the ‘development directive’ to the water treatment plant will only be given if the Federal government agree to the restructuring plan of the Selangor water supply. 

The Federal government has repeatedly said that the take over must be done on the ‘willing buyer willing seller’ basis before the State Government can continue with the restructuring plan.

To recap, the State government offered up to RM9 billion (the second offer to the concessionaires) to take over the water assets. The offer was criticized by market analysts as insincere and too low which saw Gamuda subsequently made an offer of RM10.75 billion to buy out water assets in Selangor.    However, Gamuda’s offer was not accepted as it was against the spirit of the Water Services Industry Act 2006, which aims to promote an asset-light environment for water companies.

The State Government should stop making the water issue in Selangor as a political game to win the votes to go to Putrajaya.  As the Government elected by the People, they must always put the People’s welfare at top priority and resolve the water crisis immediately without further delay otherwise they will be punished and abandoned by the People in the coming election.

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23 thoughts on “S’gor’s proposal to use membrane technology to solve water problem is ‘not viable’! What’s next, Khalid?

  1. My understanding of membrane technology is that it is USED as a mean to generate drinkable water from alternative source like SEWER or SEA WATER. That is why countries without large fresh water reserve uses this technology to MAKE water from alternative sources.

    We in Malaysia have large FRESH WATER supply.
    HENCE IT IS ILLOGICAL TO USE THIS SYSTEM.

    DOING STUPID THINGS JUST TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER PARTY DON’T MAKE SENSE. ADMIT WRONG AND ACCEPT THE SOLUTION PRESENTED IS THE BEST.

  2. I believe tan sri khalid is more brilliant compared to muhyiddin. When muhyiddin was MB of Johor, he messed up water agreement with Singapore. This man doesn’t know what he’s doing! so all you BN dogs here stop denying the cheaper option!!

    • WOW! Your level of knowledge is deplorable at best.

      You seriously think the water agreement between singapore and malaysia was conducted by MB of Johor. Please, use your brain and burn some brain cells for once.

      I will NOT even try to educate you. Your level of education is TOO LOW to comprehend anything and I will be wasting my time.

      GO DO SOME READING AND EXPAND YOUR UNDERSTANDING FIRST BEFORE SHOOTING YOUR MOUTH LIKE YOUR GREAT LEADERS, TRYING TO SCORE POINTS TALKING BEFORE PASSING THRU THE BRAIN.

      • BN 40m is writing nonsense without without using his brain. I believe he is Tony Pua who always talk without using brain as he was charged for defamation by the court.

      • Ex DAP, save your low class eduction for yourself!! The Selangor government is trying to solve the water issue with professional way so all should give their input. Muhyidinn has to be more responsible towards the 40 million black money issue then giving negative remarks.

        Read this all you uneducated!!
        PETALING JAYA: Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ternyata tidak diberi penjelasan dan maklumat yang tepat mengenai teknologi penapis air membran apabila mendakwa teknologi ini tidak praktikal kerana mahal dan tidak mampu menambah bekalan air.

        Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata, mungkin tujuh tahun lalu teknologi penapis air membran ini mahal kerana baharu diperkenalkan tetapi sekarang tidak lagi.

      • Dear 40m
        Please read my reply to mr lat.

        THE MAIN ISSUE HERE IS THAT THE SELANGOR LIED,
        SAYING THERE IS NO WATER SHORTAGE FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS.
        NOW THEY ARE ACKNOWLEDGING THE NEED TO MITIGATE WATER SHORTAGE.

        THE MB AND THE ENTIRE EXCO LIED TO THE PEOPLE OF SELANGOR FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS.

        THAT IS THE ISSUE.

      • BN 40m,
        The bottom line here is MB is doing the talking and he and the exco cannot be trusted as it has been so clear to us in the Talam case. There are water experts and professional working in the state-controlled water companies, why not ask them to make statement instead of MB quoting whoever the expert is??

    • Your belief is wrong. Khalid is so lousy as he can’t solve the water restructuring after 3 years. All Selangor people have no water to drink soon, thanks to the Monkey Besar who likes politcal game like a monkey.

      • Is this a manipulation by BN-controlled mainstream media? all internet news didnt carry this!!

      • Mr. Lim,
        The news was very clear that MB IS NOT going to agree with the federal government on Langat 2 and he is contemplating to use membrane technology to make up the projected shortage of water.

        JUST BECAUSE IT WASN’T MENTIONED IN MI, MT, MC OR FMT DOESN’T MEAN THE NEWS IS NOT THERE.

        THAT’S WHY PROS ARE SO BLINDED AND NARROW MINDED IN THEIR ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ISSUE IN MALAYSIA.

        THEY ONLY READ AND BELIEVE IN THEIR WARPED PRO NEWS.

    • BN 40m is exactly like most of the pakatan supporters; no brain! This is not the way to pledge loyalty, it should be about the best for the future of malaysian. Dont talk about yr belief, rebut the fact by DPM if you can!

      • They are called PR believers. They believe in Anwar, Hadi and Lim Kit Siang will fulfil all their wishes. However, none of these political men practise democratic systems in their party respectively.

    • Dear BN,
      You may br right about DPM but mb has made lots fo wrong statements on Talam scandal so u better don’t trust him!

      • Damn you X gen, ask the porn star son to debate with Tony Pua. Tony will strip him naked!

      • Tony is a joker who doesn’t know the difference between current assets and total assets. Read this blog and you will find the article.

    • Lets get some experts to explain it all to us. Nothing wrong with looking into alternatives if it is more viable and cheaper. Unless you guys have personal agenda

      • Dear LAT.
        You MUST first understand it was the MB and EXCO members who initially say selangor DO NOT HAVE ANY WATER SHORTAGE! They kept saying that for the past FEW YEARS. Now all of the SUDDEN the entire EXCO and MB have an ALTERNATIVE to the federal proposal.

        AS I HAVE MENTIONED EARLIER…
        “IF THERE IS NO WATER SHORTAGE WHAT IN HELL DO YOU NEED AN ALTERNATIVE FOR!”

        The main issue here is not the alternative but why all of the sudden there is a need for it. THIS MEAN THE ENTIRE SELANGOR GOVERNMENT WERE LYING.

      • LAT,
        Yes i agree for the experts to confirm. What surprise us is why the state-controlled water company experts are keeping quiet?? go and check their background, you’ll find the ceo of state water company came from PAAB besides those managing the sg. semenyih plant since BN days. why are they not interested to clear the air?? this is about our future in Selangor

      • Mr Lim 1.25
        The water concessioner HAS already reported that the water issue is IMMINENT.
        They in fact has also question the state government on its slow approval and lack of urgency on the water shortage issue.

        IT WAS THE STATE GOVERNMENT WHO KEPT SAYING “THERE IS NO WATER SHORTAGE”

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