SHAH ALAM, Feb 20 – Although the Selangor government has claimed to have recorded the highest level of investment inflow into the state in the first 10 months of last year, the actual number of projects that have been
implemented is doubted. State Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar(Pic) said with the Selangor facing the water supply problem since last year, a number of industrial and housing projects could not take off because Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) could not guarantee sufficient water supply to the industrial plants and housing schemes.
Noh, who is also Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, was speaking at a debate programme, “Debat Jom Tolak Pakatan”, which was also participated by Waris Malaya adviser Datuk Zulkifli Nordin. It was organised by the Jom Tolak Pakatan secretariat in Padang Jawa, near here, last night. He said to date, 450 new projects in Selangor could not start because there would be insufficient water supply when completed and this posed a loss of 20,000 job opportunities for the people.
“This is the result when the water issue is politicised by the state government which is not on the same path with Syabas, causing the people to suffer.”It’s different with BN, which sees water supply as vital and has taken action, not just talking, to solve the problem in the long term by implementing mitigation projects through a RM606 million allocation.
“This saw the completion last year, of a water treatment plant costing around RM200 million at Sungai Labu.
“This plant was then handed over to the state government to be managed by it. If the federal government wanted to play politics, why would it hand over the plant to the state government? he added. Meanwhile, Zulkifli reminded PAS members and supporters to look back at the direction of the party’s struggle which had deviated from the Islamic parth and was exposed to foreign influence.
He said DAP and PKR did not respect the decision made by the PAS Ulama Syura Council which ruled that the word “Allah” could not be used by non-Muslims because of the question of faith. Besides that, he said, the pro-opposition movements in Malaysia had been infiltrated by foreign elements out to topple the ruling government like what happened in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Zulkifli himself admitted that when he was with the opposition previously, he received training in New York, Vienna and the Philippines on how to bring down a government through street politics.