PKR: Selangor water crisis a political sabotage.
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli claims the Selangor water crisis is politically motivated and announces steps to combat Putrajaya and Syabas’ ‘sabotage’. KUALA LUMPUR: PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli today claimed Selangor’s water crisis is a political sabotage by Putrajaya to cultivate hatred among the people towards Pakatan Rakyat.
Rafizi claimed Putrajaya was resorting to dirty politics under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to garner more votes for the ruling coalition ahead of the upcoming general election. He claimed the only way for Putrajaya to get votes was to “make the people’s life as difficult as possible” in Selangor.
Rafizi made this statement today in response to Syabas chairman Rozali Ismail’s claim on Tuesday that the water problem may extend until the Chinese New Year period. Residents in Gombak, Ampang and Pandan have been facing intermittent water supply since Dec 29 last year after the Wangsa Maju water pump house broke down. Najib had previously said that BN would do its best to wrest Selangor away from Pakatan in the next general election.
Pakatan’s game plan
Rafizi today revealed Pakatan’s immediate actions to combat BN and Syabas’ “sabotage”.
The opposition’s action plan includes:
- PKR and PAS have formed a Water Squad in every affected constituency to ease the burden of those who have to transport water to their respective households. The squad will also provide water pumps so water can be transported directly into homes.
- PKR will fund entirely new pumps to replace those that are broken or not in full working order.
- Talks with Syabas and the relevant authorities will continue to ensure water transporting trucks are adequate and following its schedule.
- A specialist group will be voluntarily formed to study the technical aspects of the problem and to answer Syabas’ accusations.
- A campaign to expose Umno and Syabas’ sabotage will be held concurrently across all affected areas.
PKR sues Syabas and Puncak Niaga
Rafizi today announced PKR’s decision to form a panel of lawyers to sue Syabas and Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd for failure to sustain its water service due to negligence, as stated in its concession agreement.
“From today, PKR will gather as many residents, business people and others who seek compensation from Syabas and Puncak Niaga to come together and sue them,” he said. “While waiting for the courts’ decision, PKR will also initiate the “Cut Rozalli Ismail’s Salary Campaign” for his failure to manage Syabas properly,” he added, disclosing that executive directors of Puncak Niaga earn up to RM17.25 million a year.
“We call for RM10 million to be deducted immediately and channeled to a compensation fund for the victims involved.” A demonstration seeking Rozalli’s pay cut will be held in front of Syabas’ Shah Alam office next Wednesday, Jan 16, at 2pm.
In Selangor water crisis, Rafizi cries “political sabotage”
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11,2012 ― PKR’s Rafizi Ramli today alleged that the current water supply disruptions hitting Klang Valley residents were due to “political sabotage” by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS).The PKR strategy director said SYABAS executive chairman Tan Sri Rozali Ismail’s explanations over the water supply crisis was nonsensical, and that the entire affair was a political gambit by rivals Umno.Rozali was formerly treasurer to Umno Selangor. “Therefore, in desperation, Umno with the blessings of Datuk Seri Najib took the decision to sabotage the water supply in Selangor to cause the people to hate Pakatan Rakyat,” Rafizi said at a press conference here.
He also unveiled PKR’s action plan to alleviate the water supply problem. He said the party will buy and install water pumps at affected flats so that residents could get direct water supply, instead of carrying water from the supply tankers. Rafizi said that PKR will launch a campaign next week to push for a cut in Rozali’s salary as the chief executive director of Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad. Puncak Niaga is the largest shareholder in SYABAS with its 70 per cent stake. He said that Puncak Niaga’s annual report for the 2011 financial year showed the firm’s executive directors drew a combined pay of RM17.25 million.
He then went on to insist that RM10 million be given to Selangor residents as compensation instead. “KEADILAN demands that RM10 million from this salary be cut immediately and SYABAS has to contribute to a fund to give immediate compensation to residents involved,” he said.Rafizi also said PKR will set up a legal team to aid those wishing to sue SYABAS and Puncak Niaga for compensation over their alleged failure to manage the state’s water resources.