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Millions of ringgit down the drain due to water crisis

 | November 10, 2014

Thirty companies in the Klang Valley suffer massive losses because they do not have enough water to operate.

water-shortage1KUALA LUMPUR: Dry taps in Selangor have not only affected households but also food industries which have lost millions of ringgit as they have had to cancel orders.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Mahdzir Khalid told Parliament that 30 companies suffered huge losses due to the water crisis.

He said information obtained from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) showed Nestle suffered losses of RM15 million daily and Monin Asia (RM112 million a month), while Panasonic had to let go of orders worth RM40 million.

Mahdzir said huge losses were also suffered by industries involved in food processing and beverages, rubber, chemical/oleo chemical, electrical and electronic, tourism and small and medium industries.

“There were factories which had to cancel orders, and also those which had to temporarily shift operations elsewhere, including overseas,” he added.

The water supply crisis resulted in scheduled water distribution which was carried out for about three months, beginning last March.

However, he expected the situation to return to normal by 2017 upon completion of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant project.

Mahdzir was responding to a question from Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad (BN-Kuala Kangsar) who wanted to know the impact of the water crisis in Selangor.



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