New water rates won’t burden the people, says govt

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar says water tariffs have not been revised for a long time.

KUALA LANGAT: The government may announce new water tariffs by the end of the year, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar said, assuring the people that they will not be a burden.

He said the Cabinet will discuss the proposed rates.

“I will announce the tariff increase in each state after the Cabinet ministers have agreed with the new rates, maybe by the end of the year,” he told reporters after flagging off the 2019 Peace Run at Morib today.

Xavier said the ministry will ensure the tariff increase will not burden the people.

“We understand the people’s situation but the people should understand that the water industry has not change its rates for a long time and it needs a larger operating capital now,” he said.

About 1,500 participants joined the run, which was held outside of Klang for the first time since it was organised by Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) in 2005.