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Najib Hits Out At Selangor For “Playing Politics” Over Water

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has attacked the Selangor Government which he says is "busy pointing fingers" over the water crisis in that state while the suffering people are forced to carry buckets of water to their homes.

And with a solution to the current water shut down at Cheras and Ampang still weeks away, he has reminded voters that the incompetent PKR-led administration is still putting off making the vital decisions that will ensure a long term solution to this issue.

"Solve the water problem of the people? We cannot because they (Selangor government) won't give the development order," he said referring to the go ahead for the Langat 2 treatment plant which is backed by the Federal Government but is mired in state-level red tape.

"We want to open additional pumping stations, they also don't give approval," he said, adding that a "more serious disaster" awaits the Klang Valley, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya if a more visionary approach is not adopted in Shah Alam.

The Prime Minister reminded his audience at a meet the people event in Semenyih that it is most vulnerable members of society that suffer the most in crises like these. Referring to scenes of residents having to carry buckets into high-rise apartment blocks he said: "Two flights of stairs might not be so bad, what if 10 floors? It might not be a heavy burden for the young, but what if they are elderly people?"

Indeed, if the state government had thought as much about the elderly as Najib has, they might not be in this mess.

Najib was addressing the issue after it took a depressing new tack during the week with the Government of Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim blaming water concessionaire Syabas for the crisis. PKR Director of Strategy Rafizi Ramli went one further by alleging a grand conspiracy by Putrajaya to make the state leadership look bad by deliberately engineering this saga for political gain at GE13. His accusation was, as usual with Rafizi, missing any specifics.

It did however show just how concerned is PKR that the water crisis could cost it dearly at the ballot box. This might yet be the issue that tips Selangor back into BN's hands.

Rafizi has vowed to sue Syabas and has staged a PR stunt with the formation of the "Selangor Water Squad", which is made up of PKR party members who will visit the affected sites and will then report back, for whatever good that will do. Maybe they should instead help the elderly carry their buckets up to their homes since it was PKR in the state which is most to blame for this seemingly endless crisis.

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