Drops or Deluge
This whole water thing in the Klang Valley is damn funny la.
1. SYABAS says there is going to be a shortage of water due to big demand for treated water. They said that the current hot and dry season is also contributing to the problem. They show photos of low water levels at some treatment plant.
2. DAP says that there is plenty of water in all the catchment areas and reservoirs in the state. Enough to satisfy the demand. YB Ronnie Liu even takes a photo standing in front of a reservoir which looked like filled to almost overflowing.
3. Selangor threatens to take over management of water in the state if SYABAS can't do it properly. Requests for Federal approval.
4. SYABAS says dry weather going to continue to add to Klang Valley water woes.
5. People in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur get caught in traffic jams because of daily downpour of heavy rain. Dry weather? Where got?
6. Meteorological Department announces that the water crisis in the Klang Valley could become worse as the current southwest monsoon season brings a dry spell and minimal rain until September. HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT EACH THOSE FLERS ANNOUNCE THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A DRY PERIOD IT RAINS? Every time!
7. Today I read in the Star that the president of the Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (bet you never knew that such a creature exists) announced that “The core issue is not raw water but the supply of treated water, which is not able to keep pace with the rising demand”. This statement really makes me damned too-lan (pissed off in Hokkein) la. Not able to keep pace with the rising demand? What the fuck does that mean? Syabas is a private company awarded the contract to supply water, right? As a private company shouldn't it have planned for this rise in consumption? What kind of a company is it then? Shouldn't shareholders be baying for blood? And if they can't cope shouldn't the government sack them and give the contract to another more efficient company?
Damned confusing right this water thing in the Klang Valley? But today a bit of light is shed on it la. The Star reports that a special Cabinet Committee has been set up to discuss the looming water crisis faced by Selangor. And guess who the committee members are?
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik, and Green Technology, Energy and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin.
I guess we should not hold our breath for a solution to the Klang Valley water problems anytime soon la. I wonder what else they will try and starve the Klang Valley folks of in efforts to win back the state? You know ah?