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Guan Eng Wants Federal Government To Be Mediator In Water Talks With Perak

GEORGE TOWN, July 14 (Bernama) -- Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng wants the federal government, via the energy, green technology and water ministry to be mediator to resolve talks on water supplied by Perak.

He said the supply of raw water from Perak as suggested by the Penang Government under the Sungai Perak Raw Water Transfer Project Scheme was aimed at ensuring sufficient raw water supply to the state until 2050.

"Penang needs an alternative source of raw water supply to prevent water rationing and ensure sufficient water supply in the future.

"However, the problem is that the Perak Government does not want to sell raw water but treated water.

"We (Penang Government) do not agree as the cost is high and could result in an increase in water tariffs which are now low...this is not fair to the people of Penang," he said in a media conference here Monday.

Lim was commenting on a statement by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir who confirmed that a state wanted to buy raw water from Perak.

In that statement, Zambry was reported as saying he would not sell raw water but only treated water.

Lim said the new rate for domestic water tariff for the first 35,000 litres a month suggested by the state government was RM0.32 for every 1,000 litres while the Perak water tariff for the same category was RM0.73 every 1,000 litres.

"Imagine how expensive it would be if we buy treated water from Perak. Thus, we hope the federal government will be the mediator to resolve this problem. We will pay for raw water bought from Perak," he said.

-- BERNAMA




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