There is a report in NST today that water tariff will be increased on January 1st next year, which is just 7 months away. I quote:
WATER tariffs in the Klang Valley will rise by 37 per cent next year.
With the increase, water will cost RM1.90 per cubic metre, up from RM1.39. The rise will take effect on Jan 1.
This news was revealed in the state assembly yesterday by Ng Suee Lim (DAP-Sekinchan), who said the increase was allowed in the concessionaire agreement between Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) and the state government.
He said assemblymen only knew about this when they were given a briefing by Syabas officials several weeks ago.
Ng said, according to the agreement, the state would have to pay compensation to Syabas if it did not approve the price hike………………………..
When met outside the assembly, Teng Chang Khim (DAP-Sungai Pinang) said the agreement that had been signed by the Barisan Nasional government allowed a tariff increase every three years.
“It’s just like a toll agreement.”
An increase of 37%? Even if we can tolerate an one-off increase, how about the increase in every three years?
Water is an essential item, how on earth can a state government sign such a lopsided agreement? Perhaps the former Selangor MB care to enlighten us on this.
This is exactly why people had voted the oppostion in the last election…. Those walking in the corridor of power and those assisting these people have all forgotten the very basic in politics…Good government takes care of its people and not exploit them.
If the hike is about this amount every 3 years, in no time, water will become one of our biggest expense item in most household budget. Don’t be surprised if you spend more on water every month than on petrol, a decade down the road.