SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state government is committed to ensure that the construction of the Langat 2 water treatment plant is assessed objectively to prevent wastage.
In a statement today, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said the state government will ensure the Langat 2 project is evaluated by the state's representatives, in terms of capacity, engineering costs and construction.
"Although some key areas such as the cost and terms of acquiring the four concessionaires have been decided before I assumed the Menteri Besar position, I am certain there are avenues that the state can utilise to ensure the water industry restructuring provides the best value to the people of Selangor.
"Such avenues include the Langat 2 project, ensuring that there are no elements of wastage that may burden the people in the future.
"I am confident that with the transparent and openness emphasised by the new Selangor administration in the water restructuring process, Selangor will be able to achieve an agreement with all parties involved to complete the restructuring soonest," Azmin said in the statement.
He also officially confirmed that the state's wholly owned subsidiary Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) had finalised its purchase of Puncak Niaga Holding Berhad's (PNHB) shares as stipulated in the Selangor Water Restructuring Master Agreement dated Sept 12, 2014 that was signed by the state government, federal government and Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB).
The purchase of PNHB's shares involving two concessionaires - Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) and Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd (PNSB), was completed on the last day of the deadline specified in the master agreement.
"With the purchase of these shares, a large portion of the water assets and operations will be returned to the people through Air Selangor's take over and restructuring of Syabas and PNSB.
"The main focus will be given to efforts to reduce non-revenue water, which is a loss to the people, and also to ensure enough and continuous water supply for the people of Selangor," Azmin said.
The next step in the water industry restructuring process, he added, was to finalise the takeover of two more concessionaires, which are Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash).
Besides that, the state government also intends to increase the efficiency of water services as well as making it more people friendly and responsive to consumers in Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.