Saturday, January 31, 2009

MB: Selangor still waiting for Syabas audit response - Malaysiakini

SHAH ALAM, Jan 31 — The Selangor government is urgently waiting for a response from the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry on the audit report on water concessionaire Syabas Bhd, said Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

"We wrote a letter more that a month ago to the minister concerned (Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor) but have yet to get a reply. This is quite urgent because we need to resolve not only the concession awarded to Syabas but also on the restructuring of water industries in Selangor," he told reporters after Kolej Antarabangsa Industri Pendidikan Selangor (INPENS) 13th convocation today.

Khalid said this when commenting on a report in The Sun newspaper yesterday that the audit revealed Syabas had allegedly breached several terms of the concession agreement.

The Selangor government wants the 30-year concession awarded to the company to supply clean water to consumers in the state to be terminated because of this.

According to the newspaper report, the audit found the company had allegedly not observed certain important provisions for the awarding of contracts, among others.

The audit was a requirement before the company could be allowed to implement a tariff hike scheduled for Jan 1 this year. That has since been deferred as the Pakatan Rakyat state government is still in negotiations with the federal government on management of water assets and related issues. — Bernama

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