This was in the news (according to Bernama):
September 07, 2009 15:50 PM
Selangor Government Told To Review Free Water Policy
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 7 (Bernama) — The Selangor Government’s policy of providing free water to the people should be reviewed as it did not benefit the target group, according to the energy, green technology and water ministry.
A ministry spokesman told Bernama on Monday, the 20 cubic meters of free water every month was not reaching the poor who lived in low-cost, high-rise flats and squatter areas.
The water was, in fact, being supplied more to those who needed it least, particularly in posh residential areas and commercial premises.
The spokesman said Selangor was paying RM12 million a month to the water concessionaire, Syabas, for the water.
Meanwhile, the Water and Energy Consumers Association of Malaysia (Wecam) said the state government should instead, follow the system adopted by Perak and Negeri Sembilan where only the needy were given such privilege.
Those in need of free water should formally apply to the authorities and once they obtained the green light, they could enjoy the benefit, said its secretary-general, S. Piarapakaran.
He said, savings from the water subsidy could easily be utilised for more urgent uses such as improving public transportation and traffic system in the state.
— BERNAMABy: Ramjit
OnDaStreet’s thoughts: I consider this news as interesting development in Selangor. Interesting in sense of “easier to say than done”. Why?
I supposed that all Malaysians are made to know that Selangor is one of the developed states in Malaysia. Although I know that there are some that are in needs and live in poor, the numbers should not as big as other states in Malaysia.
The offer of free first 20 cubic meters of free water every month is good for Selangor citizen which in first instance.. I was impressed with such effort and signs shown by new Selangor government. Surely they have a lot of money in the bank to “sponsor” Selangor citizen 20 cubic of water every month!
However, if this latest news become a reality and no more 20 cubic meters of free water every month for Selangor citizen.. I have to ask this.. what happened? Where have the confidence in giving 20 cubic meters of free water every month to Selangor citizen’s gone? I’m sorry but to ask…Is the 20 cubic meters of free water every month was actually no more than a populist decision?
I do not know the readers impression.. but for me, even this matter is considered petty, but it ain’t that petty. Only now they are considering the RM12 million a month paid to the water concessionaire, Syabas, for the water. RM12 million is not a small amount.
Whatever it is.. I supposed Selangor citizen should have no problem in settling their water bills after this. Perhaps just a small change to some…
What say you?
Question: If Selangor citizen got to pay for their water bills… what will be the rate charge?