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WATER FIRMS NEGOTIATE: State govt confident to solve impasse

SHAH ALAM: THE Selangor state government is confident that the impasse in the state's plans to takeover the its four water concessionaires is finally over.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said he had high hopes of finally resolving the deadlock in negotiations as the state government had received response and agreement from all concessionaires to discuss the state's offer.

"We have received response and agreement from all concessionaires. Unlike what happened in the past, this time, not one concessionaire has rejected the offer outright.

"Negotiations and discussions have already started and will continue until a mutual decision is made," he said after chairing the exco meeting here yesterday.

On Jan 30, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat-led Selangor state government announced its plan to takeover the four water concessionaires in 14 days, starting from Feb 4, in its bid to restructure the state water industry.

The four water concessionaires are Syarikat Pengeluar Air Bhd (Splash), Konsortium Abbas, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) and Puncak Niaga Bhd. After extending the deadline to the concessionaires, Khalid yesterday officially announced that the deadline was on Tuesday.

Asked when a decision would be made, he said state subsidiary Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd would announce the development of the discussion from time to time.

A resident carrying a barrel of water up to his apartment during the Selangor water crisis last year. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim says the state government has received response and agreement from all concessionaires to discuss a takeover.

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