KUALA LUMPUR – Dec 20, 2016: The Barisan Nasional strategic communications team today countered a claim by DAP’s Seputeh member of parliament Teresa Kok that Tenaga Nasional should be blamed for the water supply disruption in the Klang Valley this week.
In a statement, the team asks Kok to stop blaming the utility company for undertaking maintenance work at its Bukit Sadong substation, which is the reason for the disruption.
Kok had said in a statement yesterday that TNB must take full responsibility for making an inconsiderate and wrong decision that caused the disruption.
The BN team said Kok should instead question the PKR-led Selangor government over the problem.
“Kok is fully aware that a Selangor government unit, Air Selangor, had fully taken over Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn. Bhd. (Syabas) on October 15, 2015 and had replaced the senior management immediately.”
The statement also pointed to records that show TNB had requested more than a year ago for the maintenance to be undertaken.
“It was first scheduled for last September but was moved to early this month at the request of Air Selangor and Syabas due to the numerous unscheduled supply disruptions at that time caused by burst pipes and contamination.
“At a meeting on October 31, the maintenance was again postponed to December 19 at the request of Air Selangor and Syabas, as they had their own scheduled downtime on December 6 for certain upgrades.”
The team also stressed that it is the responsibility of Syabas or any end-user of critical public infrastructure to have its own back-up generator and contingency plans.
According to the team, TNB has also loaned its generation sets to power the surrounding areas of the power plants during the down-time, although the sets are affirmed to be incompatible with the plants’ power system.
“Syabas had explained that its own generators were inadequate to fully power their own plants, which defeats the purpose of having backup generators in the first place.
“For reasons best known to themselves, despite being aware of this TNB requirement for over a year and despite postponing the maintenance twice, Syabas did not take the initiative to secure adequate power-generation sets,” the statement reads.
The team also chided Kok for refusing to accept the admission by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali that the decision for the date was made by the state government.