The Federal government and Selangor state government are currently working together, drafting contents of Section 114A of the Water Services and Industries Act (WASIA) to restructure the state water industry.
Mentri Besar (MB) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said since Section 114A is very new, both parties are being very careful in drafting the documents before it is sent to the attorney general chamber for further notifications.
“We are almost reaching the end part whereby we are now talking about the contents of the letter that we should be writing to each other,” he told reporters after the state exco meeting in Shah Alam on Tuesday.
Abdul Khalid said the process is expected to end in the next few days, so that further steps could be taken to implement Section 114A of Wasia soon.
Asked about the delay in the implementation of Section 114A, Abdul Khalid explained that it was caused by water concessionaires who have yet to make a stand on the offered deal.
“The water concessionaires who opposed our earlier offer were given some time to make their final decision and the time given to them is going to expire in the next two or three days,” he said.
On April 22, Energy, Water and Green Technology Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili also said that the talks on restructuring the Selangor water industry have reached the final stage.
Once the Selangor state government and the four water concessionaires have signed the agreement, the Langat 2 water treatment plant project and its distribution system will begin.
On the process of restructuring the state water industry, Abdul Khalid is very firm about ensuring that both the water industry restructuring as well as the takeover of water concessionaires assets should not be more than RM7.95 billion as any increase to the amount will then be transferred to the Selangor people in the form of a higher water tariff.
In a memorandum of understanding signed on Feb 26, both the federal government and state government agreed to work together to settle unresolved disputes on the water issue.