KUALA LUMPUR – The Pahang state government need to overhaul the state’s raw water supply system through the application of the Water Services Industry Act 2006 immediately, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili.
He said the move was necessary to ensure quality and continued water supply in Pahang.
The state government should also revise water rates to cover operating costs, thus increasing the quality of service for the benefit of consumers, he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby today.
Yesterday, Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah ordered the state government to give serious and immediate attention to address the problem of water supply in several districts.
Ongkili said Pahang was among three states that have yet to adopt the Act, which provides for the regulatory control of water services, besides Selangor and Melaka.
“We will continue to take the necessary action to help each state.
“Discussions between the National Water Services Commission and the state government will also be held, especially because of the limited capacity of water supply,” he said
Ongkili insisted rates should be revised to be in line with operating costs.
“Only some state governments do not want to do so for fear of burdening consumers. Pahang has never raised water tariff for 33 years. But at the same time, they are faced with shortage of funds from the federal government,” he said.
Ongkili said this was because the federal government cannot play a broader role in the state if it was not using the Act. – BERNAMA