SHAH ALAM — March 26, 2018: The Sultan of Selangor wants the federal and state governments to work together to finalise the takeover of the state’s water concession companies in the spirit of federalism to protect the interests of the state and people.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah also reminded everyone to be responsible and not to politicise the water issue.
“I hope the water issues affecting the interests of the people will be solved immediately.
“I have said this before — that politics is not just hunting for power but also achieving outstanding governance to develop the state and fulfill the people’s aspirations,” reiterated the Sultan said at the opening of the first meeting of the sixth term of the 13th State Legislative Assembly today.
Present were the Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and the Raja Muda Tengku Amir Shah.
Sultan Sharafuddin also expressed the hope that efforts undertaken by the state government and Air Selangor to ensure sustainable water supply will be carried out in a holistic, efficient and affordable manner.
He instructed the Selangor government to take a proactive measure to replace old, leaked and damaged pipes to further reduce the rate of non-revenue water which had dropped to 30.1 per cent by the end of last year from 32.6 per cent at the end of 2015, after 422.5 kilometres of pipes were replaced.
The Sultan also repeated his disappointment over the spread of fake news which, if not controlled, could lead to disunity to the extent of destroying the state and country.
“What’s bothering me is that many people believe in those fake news and spread it without checking the authenticity.” — Bernama