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By S Barathidasan

Langat 2 and Putrajaya's interference in Selangor

Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAman) disagrees with the ideas of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Muhyiddin Yassin who reiterated that the federal government will go ahead with the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant Project (Langat 2) without the Selangor government’s approval.  

“The federal government says, approved or not approved, we have already offered tenders for contracts to build Langat 2. In a month or two, we will go ahead with Langat 2 for the benefit of the people, and not for the menteri besar or the opposition,” he said in his speech at the 1Malaysia People Friendly Programme at Sekolah Kebangsaan Dr Abdul Latiff in Sabak Bernam on Saturday Jan 26, 2013.

The Langat 2 project has already seen a 40.55 percent delay or about 29 months behind schedule due to the opposition-led Selangor government’s refusal to approve the project. He also said that the federal government was determined to offset the impending water crisis in the Klang Valley and certain parts of Selangor, but without the state government’s approval to build the Langat 2 project, the problem could not be overcome.
 
Now the question is why the federal government has to interfere with the Selangor state government’s administration, and the state government being blame for nothing? It seems that all this while, the federal government (BN) is the best, and is providing better services to the people, and never doing any mistakes. Thereby admitting that they are the No 1 government just as their slogan which reads “1Malaysia” in all of their programmes.

Which means that all the wrong-doing, errors and mistakes were at the fault of the Pakatan government. I think the rakyat knows well.
 
The federal government has already tendered to its four concessionaires’ cronies who are the Syarikat Pengeluar Air Berhad, Konsortium Abbas, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor and Puncak Niaga, that it seems to find it difficult to stop the project.
 
The DPM should respect the Selangor state’s stand, and he should follow the laws and procedures when he decided that the Langat 2 project will go on even without Selangor government’s approval. This shows how arrogant the BN government and this DPM character is by going ahead without approval even, that the DPM should be an example to others by not abiding with the law... this is BN’s way that no one should question.

The DPM should consult with his lawyers before he talks. When the Selangor government wants to take over Syabas, the DPM says that the federal government has no objections, as long as it is done in accordance with the laws and procedures.

When the federal government wants to build Langat 2, it says it is going ahead even without the Selangor government’s approval. Can the DPM explain why there is no need for the federal government to follow the laws and procedures? So now who is the rule-breaker here with no respect for the laws?
 
WargaAman urges the federal government to just let the present state government of Selangor to nationalise the water concessions, and we believe all the problems in the state and the Klang Valley will be resolved.
 
Anyhow the rakyat knows well, that all these issues are political gimmicks (sandiwara). Since GE13 is around the corner, and to gain voters’ support, the BN government is so desperate and  they might do just anything to win, that Putrajaya has recently decided to lift its four-year ban on Hindraf.


S BARATHIDASAN is secretary-general of Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAman).