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.