There is this story that has a happy ending but I just wonder how many applicants died before they could receive the good news?
One more reason why local council elections would benefit the ordinary citizens who are struggling to survive.
20 years to solve cleanliness and traffic congestion issues! I wonder how long it will take to find solutions for problems in the proposed nuclear power stations?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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It will be a shock for Malaysians to realise that Selangor will enforce water rationing by the end of February 2014.
This will have a major impact on investors and also productivity as households and factories have to cope with an interrupted water supply. The idea of having to store water in buckets and other containers sounds rather third-world so we should examine how this water fiasco has managed to develop.
There are three main players in the water saga.
SYABAS controls the treatment and water distribution of the state. It was created by the authorities in a privatisation deal that many feel is not fair to consumers.
SELANGOR authorities who have to work with SYABAS to supply water to the treatment plants, mainly from rivers.
SPAN is the Water Commissions Board that has authority to manage water resources.
This article from The Malaysian Insider explains how we have been "taking-water-for-granted".
For every 100 cubic meters we treat and pump, 36 cubic meters are lost! It was also reported elsewhere that the SYABAS CEO enjoys a salary package of about RM600k per month but in any other company with such losses, the Board of Directors would probably remove him.
SELANGOR wants control of the entire system but SYABAS is holding out for a higher price. Now even in a water shortage crisis, it seems the three parties cannot come together to work out problems. Instead we get the blame game blasted via the media.
Within 4 years, there was a MGO and investors were advised to sell and invest elsewhere to get better returns and during the period, not a single SEN was paid as dividends. Yes, the company was also taken private.