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Error in Bernama’s S’gor water crisis report

July 19, 2012

FMT LETTER: From S Piarapakaran, via e-mail

The Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER) would like to correct the erroneous statement released by Bernama yesterday with regards to Selangor Water Crisis.

AWER was arguing on the supply-demand issue towards Selangor state government and we did not blame them as causing a panic situation.

AWER did not support water rationing and the related original statement in our press statement dated July 18, is as follows:

Water rationing

Before obtaining approval from Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam (SPAN), Syabas has no right to issue statements relating to water rationing because this will place the public in a panic situation. Panic situation can also spike water usage as consumers tend to store more water at home.

Section 54 and 56 of Water Services Industry Act (WSIA) clearly specifies the requirements for rationing and powers vested in SPAN and the minister. AWER urges SPAN to audit the data claimed by Syabs to establish a real situation in the affected water supply zones.

Results of the audit must also be made public to explain the real situation. We also urge SPAN to publish a guideline to water operators to ensure proper procedures are followed before any announcement can be made.

The full script of our press statement is uploaded to our website (www.awer.org.my) and it is the same press statement we sent to all the media agencies. We hope necessary correction is made so that the news report does not mislead the public and other relevant agencies.

The writer is president of the Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER)


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