Selangor may review free water policy, but not yet, says MB

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari today said the free water programme would be reviewed in the future so as not to burden the state government.

But he said the free water policy, started in 2008 after the then Pakatan Rakyat replaced the Barisan Nasional (BN) state government, would be continued for now.

He said water tariff would also stay the same.

“The goal of the water restructuring in Selangor is to take over the water treatment and supply operations from the existing concessionaire.

“When the time is right, we have to review (the tariff and free water programme) so that it will not burden the state and the people,” he told the state assembly as quoted by Bernama, replying to a question from Lau Weng San (DAP-Banting).

Meanwhile, the state government will reallocate RM200,000 to each BN assemblyman in the state to carry out projects for the people’s well-being.

Amirudin said the allocation was the state’s policy even though BN assemblymen rejected it.

“We were the first state to give among the highest allocation of RM200,000 (a year). I hope they will use it accordingly,” he said..

For the past four years, all BN assemblymen have declined the allocation claiming the quantum did not reflect fair play.

Earlier, Sungai Air Tawar assemblyman Rizam Ismail was appointed the new opposition leader for the state effective today.