KUALA SELANGOR, 24 Mar: While the Federal Government allocated RM90 million for the upgrade of Phase 1 of the Sungai Selangor Water Treatment Plant, the Selangor State Government managed to carry out the project with a total cost of only RM50 million.
The RM40 million savings is due to the open tender policy adopted by the State Government and its transparency in implementing projects, including this particular upgrading project.
“The upgrading of the raw water pumping station was approved by the Federal Government on 18 June 2010 at a cost of RM90 million to be implemented by the State Government.
“The State Government has implemented an open tender system for this project and this has resulted in a savings of RM40 million, as the whole project only cost RM50 million,” said the Selangor Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Abdul Khalid said this after attending the Briefing Ceremony and a visit to the site of the Phase 1 of the Sungai Selangor Water Treatment Plant yesterday.
The Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Government has previously applied the ‘Value For Money’ concept to ensure that every cent spent by the State Government would provide maximum benefit for the people of Selangor.
Among the achievements of the concept includes the success in saving RM102 million through the implementation of the open tender system that reduces cost.
In addition, the State Government has also saved RM81 million per year from the restructuring of solid waste management which was previously monopolised by Alam Flora Sdn Bhd.
The savings then was channelled back to the people through various schemes such as the 25 percent tax rebate for all owners of low-cost flats throughout Selangor and other such programmes.