Selangor to review free water programme: Azmin

SHAH ALAM: A review will be carried out on the Selangor government free 20 cubic meter water programme in Selangor. Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said there was a need to study if the programme fulfils its main objective to benefit lower income with the supply as there were complaints that it was used for gardening and swimming pool. Azmin said there are no plans to stop the programme. While the Selangor government has no plans to increase the water tariff at the moment, consumers may have to pay more once the restructuring of the state's water industry is completed. Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said the state government now needs to conclude the final stage with Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash). "We do not know what is the quantum needed to be paid to Splash. For now, there is no hike but in the future, we have to see what is the mechanism that wouldn’t burden the people. This is the responsibility of the state government as we cannot simple transfer the cost to consumers," he said at the sidelines of the Selangor state assembly today.

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: News Straits Times | Monday, 18 August 2015