SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, today ordered the federal government and the Selangor government to work together to finalise the takeover process of the state’s water concessionaires in the spirit of federalism to protect the interests of the state and people.
The Selangor sultan also reminded all quarters to be responsible and not to politicise the water issues in Selangor.
“I hope the water issues affecting the interests of the people will be solved immediately.
“I have said this before, that politics is not about accumulating power, but also governing well to develop the state and fulfil the people’s aspirations,” the sultan said at the opening of the first meeting of the sixth term of the 13th state assembly here today.
Present were Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and Raja Muda Tengku Amir Shah.
The sultan also expressed hope that the efforts undertaken by the state government and Air Selangor to ensure sustainable water supply would be carried out in a holistic, efficient and affordable manner.
He also instructed the Selangor government to take a proactive measure to replace old, leaked and damaged pipes to further reduce the rate of non-revenue water (NRW), which had dropped to 30.1% by end of last year from 32.6% at the end of 2015, following the replacement of 422.5km of pipes at a cost of RM373.7 million.
The sultan also reiterated his disappointment over the spread of fake news which had led to rampant defamation.
If not controlled, he said such immoral activities could lead to people’s disunity to the extent of destroying the state and the country.
“What’s bothering me is that many people believe in these fake news and spread it without checking the authenticity.
“Hence, I want to remind all quarters, especially the multiracial and multi-religious people in Selangor, to maintain and strengthen the unity we have built so far,” he added.