Filters for 500 schools to overcome dirty water
KOTA BARU: The federal government will immediately install water filters for 500 schools in the state that are facing the problem of dirty water supply, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the installation of the filters at the 500 schools under the Education Ministry which had already been identified, was expected to cost RM2.5 million.
"We hope this can reduce the problem of dirty water. I don't want students in Kelantan to be infected with diseases caused by dirty water," he told reporters after opening the Kota Baharu Umno division delegates meeting as well as a Gathering of the People with the Leader and Aidilfitri celebration, here today.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the installation of the water filters at the 500 schools followed the success of the pioneer project implemented in several schools in the state in churning out clean water.
He asked the Kelantan Federal Development Department and the State Education Department to study if there were other schools that were still facing similar problems so that the filters could be installed.
Asked on the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant Project (Langat 2) in Selangor which had raised controversy, Muhyiddin said the federal government's commitment was to proceed with the project and asked the Selangor state government to grant the 'development order' so that work could be carried out.
"We gather from existing reports that the water status in Selangor had reached a critical state. This is not politics, it is a reality. Experts on water have already said that if we don't start the Langat 2 project now which would take two-and-a-half to three years to complete, there will be insufficient water in the year 2015, 2016. An emergency situation may occur.
Muhyiddin said the federal government wanted the Selangor state government to assist residents in Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, because it involved the welfare of the people in obtaining sufficient and guaranteed water supply.
"I have asked the Attorney-General to study the National Land Code, there are provisions where if it is considered an important national project, if need be we can implement even if there are obstructions," he said, adding that the plant would process water obtained from Pahang channeled through a tunnel. Bernama