SHAH ALAM, 15 Apr: BN has been urged to stop using false issues such as the ‘Selangor water crisis’, which is clearly non-existent, as an effort to garner votes for the 13th General Elections (GE-13).
In a press statement, PKR Treasurer-General, William Leong, said that the cheap trick in effort to garner votes is clearly akin to being a double edged sword.
“They acted to hide the inefficiency of Syabas (the Selangor Water Supply Company) in water management in Selangor as well as to defame the Pakatan Rakyat Government.
“It is also a desperate attempt to garner votes in the actual situation of dehydrating consumers’ houses following a burst pipe in the street,” said the PKR candidate for the Selayang Parliamentary seat.
Recently, BN took advantage by claiming that there is a water crisis in Selangor as a result of a burst pipe in Batu Caves.
Elaborating, William said that the incident only adds to the list of negligence and incompetency of Syabas in the management and distribution of water in the state.
Among them is a leaking pipe in Gombak on 21 February 2012, affecting 18,000 consumers.
On 29 April 2012, another pipe was douns to have burst in Hulu Selangor, affecting 12 villages and 113,000 consumers were affected by a burst pipe in Shah Alam on 16 October 2012.
“This does not include Syabas’ failure in maintaining five units of water pumps and two standby pumps at the Wangsa Maju pump house causing water disruptions in Ampang, Pandan, Jalan Semarak, Ukay Heights, Cheras Baru and its surrounding areas in January this year,” added William.
Thus, he said that BN’s move of blaming the Selangor State Government’s refusal to approve the Langat 2 water treatment plant as the cause of the ‘Selangor water crisis’ is an irresponsible act.
“This is because the real situation in Selangor is there is no water crisis, only careless water management by water supply companies.
“Thus, the only support to be gained by BN is from ghost voters and non-residents of Selangor,” he said.