Govt did not breach Selangor water deal, Ongkili tells Azmin

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(The Star) – Putrajaya has not breached the water agreement with the Selangor state government, said Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister noted that the deal had not come into force due to Selangor’s failure to fulfil certain conditions precedent.

He said that unresolved issues by the Selangor government, namely the transfer of assets and finalisation of the listing of assets, had caused the delay in the agreement taking effect.

“We hope the Selangor state leadership under the current MB will honour the previous agreement. If not, the lives of the people of Selangor will be affected and they will have to suffer,” said an exasperated Ongkili in reply to Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.

The minister urged Azmin to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who had held 32 meetings to conclude the agreement last September.

On Monday, Azmin announced that Selangor would not extend the water agreement between the state government and Putrajaya as it had lapsed.