S’gor MCA asks state govt why pipes keep bursting despite RM500mil spent

PETALING JAYA: Selangor MCA has questioned why water woes are still a regular occurrence despite the state government’s allocation of more than RM500mil to replace water pipes in Selangor.

State liaison committee chairman Datuk Ng Chok Sin said the state government must take measures to avoid further water woes rather than just rushing to do repair works whenever an incident happened.

“In tabling the Selangor state Budget for 2021, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced that the Pakatan Harapan state government had spent RM529mil to replace old water pipes from 2016 to 2019, while pipe replacements for the years from 2020 and 2022 are expected to cost another RM591mil.

“However, the issue is that in the past six months alone in Selangor, unplanned water disruptions due to burst pipes have surfaced almost once a month.

“Thus, how has the so-called replacement of water pipes improved water supply services when the pipes keep bursting resulting in water supply being cut off, much to the inconvenience of residential home dwellers and the private sector?” he asked in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 30).

Ng’s statement came following the latest burst pipe incident in Shah Alam on Tuesday (Dec 29) that affected 58 areas in Klang and Shah Alam as well as 72 areas in Petaling.

Ng also asked the Selangor government on what its specific measures it planned to take to resolve the water crisis.

“These water cuts also prove that the Selangor government has not only failed to properly address and manage the crisis, it has never taken appropriate measures to avert these water pipe issues.

“Absolute misery for the affected residents when a burst water pipe in one area can cause water supply to 130 areas to be cut off,” he said.

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