Melaka to ensure water rationing not long term


THE Melaka government will work to ensure that water rationing in the state does not affect the public in the long term, especially Muslims during the month of Ramadhan, said Chief Minister (CM) Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali (picture; left).

He said one short-term measure being considered for implementation is reducing the time or days of scheduled water rationing, but this is subject to the water supply in the state.

“I will take appropriate action when the time comes…the state government today will take careful steps to ensure that the people of Melaka continue to enjoy water supply without any rationing.

“So give me some time to make sure that this action is implemented within a reasonable period of time,” he told reporters after a briefing session with Melaka top management, agencies and state government departments including Syarikat Air Melaka Bhd yesterday.

Sulaiman, 54, who is also the secretary of Umno Melaka liaison body, is appointed the state’s 12th chief minister, replacing Adly Zahari.

He started work yesterday as CM after a symbolic gesture of clocking-in at 8.25am at Seri Negeri complex.

On March 5, Syarikat Air Melaka issued a statement that from March 10, due to the prolonged dry weather and absence of rainfall over the catchment areas, water rationing in Melaka will be expanded in Zone 2, affecting an additional 20% of consumers in the Alor Gajah district.

Sulaiman said he and Melaka state secretary Datuk Seri Hasim Hasan will meet with the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry soon to discuss projects and initiatives which can be implemented to resolve the water problem.

He added that other issues discussed during the briefing yesterday included steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 at the state’s gateways and the effect of the disease on the tourism sector in Melaka.

“The tourism sector must be given attention as Melaka is a tourist state, and at the same time, steps must be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said.