Friday, May 8, 2015

Putrajaya may take action against Selangor over stalled water deal

The Federal Government may have to invoke the Water Services Industry Act to compel Selangor to proceed with the state’s water restructuring exercise.

Energy, Green Tech and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said such a move may be required for the sake of national interest and the people’s welfare.

He, however, added that pursuing legal recourse would be the last resort.

“We have not reached that stage yet because we are still open for discussion.

“I have written to the Selangor MB saying that the ball is now in his court.

“It is up to him how he wants the exercise to proceed,” Dr Ongkili said after presenting the ministry’s excellence service awards here on Friday.

The water restructuring agreement between Selangor and Putrajaya has come to a standstill due to a dispute over land ownership rights.
The parties have until Monday to renegotiate and confirm the deal.

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