Monday, January 21, 2013

Water: Selangor govt alleges BN's dirty tactics, but the dirt is actually theirs...

Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) once again reminded the Selangor government, in particular Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim for giving feeble excuses in its handling of water issues.

Selangor BN coordinator, Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamad said Khalid’s desperate attempt to evade and cover up the issue, without looking for a concrete solution showed that they were only interested in their political agenda.

“The state government should instead give priority to justice and the people’s interest,” he said.

Khalid’s response as reported by The Malaysian Times came in the wake of his earlier statement alleging that the Federal Government was only interested in protecting the interest of its cronies.

According to Mohd Zin, the issue and crisis over water supply in Selangor had become even more worrying because of the state government’s refusal to admit their mistake, and instead pointing to others.

“It is within the powers of the state government to solve the issue systematically if they adopt a more rational stance for the sake of the rakyat’s future.

“Instead, the state government kept harping and exploiting the issue as cheap publicity as a means to fulfil its political agenda, ‘he said.

Mohd Zin, who is also Sepang Member of Parliament, said Khalid’s claim that BN wanted to politicise the water issue was nothing more than a self-fulfilling statement to cover up all their weaknesses from public knowledge.

“Selangor BN brought up the issue since a year ago, and we have given them several reminders, warnings and advice to manage the water crisis immediately before it became a phenomenon that could hurt the people,” he said.

According to Mohd Zin, Selangor BN had proposed the construction of the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant, but the state government instead went the other way to play around with politics, and alleged that the plant would only cause water tariff to be increased.

This, he said is the narrow politics as practised by Pakatan Rakyat.

“The Federal Government had set a special committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in July 2012 to handle the water crisis in Selangor,” he added.

He said Khalid’s stubbornness in refusing to sign the Development Order (DO) for the Langat 2 project would prolong the sufferings of folks in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya until the issue takes on a bizarre dimension come 2016.

“Too often the state government points to Syabas, claiming that the company is a BN crony...but people must realise the fact that the state government holds 30 percent shares in the company.

“This is the way they operate…they are not serious and sensitive…they just don’t want the Langat 2 project to be realised, for fear that the people might adhere themselves to BN,” he said.

In the light of all this development, it is time for the people of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya to judge for themselves what all the dirty tactics concocted by the opposition pact mean…it is nothing more than a means to facilitate their political greed rather than the people’s well-being.