Gobind wants Zahid to break ‘silence’ on water problem

Sungai SemenyihKUALA LUMPUR: Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo has called on Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to announce steps to overcome the water problem affecting thousands of people in Selangor.

“There are allegations of sabotage,” said the MP. “Zahid must break his silence on the matter.”

He described it as a matter of national security which demands the attention of all parties concerned. “We must find the root cause and work towards ensuring that it does not happen again,” he said. “If we don’t, the problem will continue not just in Selangor but throughout the country.”

“It will affect thousands of people and the economy.”

He was commenting on the initial findings of a probe pointing clearly to “contamination” from Sungai Buah in Negeri Sembilan. “This is flowing into Sungai Semenyih and causing massive water disruption in Selangor,” said Gobind.

“Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has also said that the initial contamination was from Pahang.”

It would appear the problem was not localized but extends across various states, he added. “The nature of the solvent allegedly used in this case was said to be so severely toxic the Star newspaper reported that ‘swathes of green grass by the (river) banks were charred’.”

He pointed out that it was no doubt a very serious matter as it affects the supply of water. “It impacts directly on so many people,” said Gobind. “It affects their health and their daily routine.”

He noted that Selangor has taken steps to deal with the problem by identifying the source and doing everything it can to deal with it.