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SURAT TERBUKA KEPADA YB RAFIZI RAMLI

Sebab sekarang ini macam dah trend, asal sahaja ada perkara yang tak puas hati mesti nak tulis surat terbuka, maka MatRodi juga nak tulis surat terbuka. :-p

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Ke hadapan Ahli Parlimen Pandan YB Rafizi Ramli.

Politik Malaysia bertuah kerana mempunyai seorang ahli politik yang dikatakan bijak pandai, petah berbicara dan otak bergeliga. Tetapi bijak pandai sahaja tidak menjamin seseorang ahi politik itu untuk tidak menjadi bijak auta dan berkata dusta.

YB adalah perancang Kajang Move. Kononnya ia penting untuk misi ke Putrajaya di samping menghalang kejatuhan Selangor daripada gerakan ultra Tun Dr Mahathir.

Tetapi hairannya, selepas 8 bulan, yang saya nampak hanyalah Tun Dr Mahathir dilantik menjadi Pengerusi Proton, bukannya Pengerusi Perhubungan Negeri BN Selangor.Tidak mungkin kerana pejabat Proton di Selangor maka YB berasa Tun Dr Mahathir cuba merampas Selangor.

Apapun pada forum malam semalam, YB berkata Kajang Move adalah untuk menggantikan TS Khalid kerana beliau disyaki mempunyai masalah integriti. Yang menggelikan hati saya adalah apabila YB berkata ‘what we heard was enough for us to initiate the Kajang Move without enough document on Tan Sr Khalid.’.

Adakah ini bermakna saya boleh mendesak YB daripada menjadi ahli parlimen Pandan walaupun saya tidak ada bukti kukuh tentang ‘cakap-cakap’ liar mengenai skandal YB dengan syarikat konsesi air SPLASH?

YB juga berkata sanggup kalah pilihanraya di Selangor demi prinsip. Bolehkah saya ingin mencadangkan agar YB- atas nama prinsip- lancarkan Segambut Move untuk desak DS Anwar Ibrahim yang buktinya lebih daripada 50 muka surat mengenai salah laku, krisis moral dan integritinya untuk berundur daripada menjadi ahli politik? Boleh? Atau tidak boleh kerana semua itu konspirasi?

Antara isu yang dibangkitkan YB adalah urusan jual beli tanah di antara kerajaan Negeri dengan pemaju Eco World. Ini sangat aneh memandangkan TS Khalid telah membekukan kelulusan pembangunan di 1,172 ekar tanah di Canal City selepas Tropicana menjual 308 ekar  daripada tanah yang dibeli daripada Selangor kepada Eco World untuk ‘easy money’.

Oleh itu, mengapa YB menyalahkan TS Khalid yang cuba mengajar pemaju hartanah tersebut? Bukankah apa yang beliau lakukan itu selari dengan prinsip integriti yang YB canangkan? Atau sebenarnya ada sesetengah ahli politik di belakang pemaju iini?

YB, saya faham yang jarak Selangor lebih dekat dengan Kemaman berbanding Pulau Pinang. Oleh itu mungkin YB telah terlepas pandang mengenai urusan jual beli tanah di bawah harga pasaran yang telah berlaku di Penang Waterfront dan Penang Turf Club oleh IJM Land dan Berjaya Land.

Pada masa yang sama pembinaan terowong bawah laut di Penang yang bernilai RM4.3 Biliion telah dijalankan tanpa tender terbuka dan akan menyebabkan rakyat Penang membayar tol. Bukankah ini bertentangan dengan apa yang YB perjuangkan mengenai pembinaan Kidex?

Mengapa prinsip YB tidak diserlahkan di negeri Penang dengan mendesak Lim Guan Eng berundur sebagai Ketua Menteri?

Bukan sahaja YB sudah kantoi menipu, tetapi YB juga bersikap hipokrit dan double standard. Sesungguhnya saya amat sedih kerana saya melihat YB adalah harapan rakyat Malaysia dan saya begitu kagum dengan prinsip YB.

Akhir kalam saya akhiri dengan serangkap pantun untuk YB:

Orangnya bijak, petah berkata-kata.
Bukan anak Selangor tapi orang Kemaman,
Langkah Kajang semuanya dusta,
Silap hari bulan, YB boleh kena tangan.

MatRodi

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STAYING OR NOT, SELANGORIANS ARE REALLY SCREWED

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As a Selangorian, what happens in Selangor is really disturbing. Even it is quite scary. The issue of Menteri Besar of Selangor can’t be taken lightly. In fact, it must be seen in the wider context and not just hovering around the question of whether Tan Sri Khalid will stay or not.

Selangorians must prepare for the worst. This is because the state will be leaderless and directionless for longer they can imagine. Most likely it will remain so until PRU14.

Let us analyse the situation further.

Firstly Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor is collapsing for the simple reason; they have no better candidate than Tan Sri Khalid to be the Menteri Besar. No doubt, this is the only reason why all the component parties can’t agree n Kajang Move.

Secondly, if TS Khalid remained as Menteri Besar, he will not be able to govern the state according to his wishes. Just imagine, some of his Exco Members, local councillors and supporters are against him and will likely to do anything to ensure the downfall of him.

Any policies proposed by TS Khalid will depend on the support from a component party (PAS) and the opposition party (UMNO) since his own party (PKR) and DAP are not behind him. Therefore, the policy cannot be implemented and things will remain the same, even it needed to be changed. What’s more, there is a real possibility of sabotage within his government.

Any attempt to ‘neutralize’ the anti-MB faction will be seen as undemocratic and will be exposed to the public. Infighting, indecisiveness, and instability will erode investor’s confidence. In the end, TS Khalid will become a lame duck Menteri Besar, just like any civil servants who wait for their retirement age to come. They are unlikely to be aggressive, visionary and just ‘play it safe’.

But does it mean that things will get better if the MB Selangor changed? Not necessarily. As a matter of fact, it may be worse.

If Pakatan Rakyat manages to replace TS Khalid, the new MB did not have the full support of all component parties. Not only the new MB needs to compromise in order to appease each party, practically speaking, the new MB will forever be exposed to power grabs just like what has happened to Tan Sri Khalid. It may be Azmin Ali- the MB Selangorians never have. It could be PAS or DAP- the party with the most seats. Or it may go back to TS Khali d again. Anything is possible. The point is, ‘what you give, you get back’.

The new MB will spend most of the time to pacify people who sulk and to fend off any political attacks and manouvres from political nemesis. If this is the case, when the new-MB will actually govern? This situation is like some GLC CEOs who work only to appease their political master so that their contract will be renewed. In the context of Selangor, the chairman is no other than the husband of the new MB. Nepotism much?

Apart from the mentioned possibility, the most pressing question is, can Dr Wan Azizah provide a radical approach in dealing with water restructuring exercise, the new highways issue and the greedy corporate tycoon in Selangor? With due respect to her, she had no experience in administration nor does she enjoys the reputation as a party president who ‘call the shots’. So is this the deal to Selangorians by offering the worse MB to lead the state?

Or is the new MB a mere puppet?

Pakatan Rakyat’s poor governance, nepotism and blatant disregard for the needs of the people have crossed the line. But Selangorians will still support them. They have no alternative. Despite all the problems, UMNO also can’t put forward anyone credible than the current warlords who would be acceptable to the Selangorians.

Even after the disastrous General Election, BN Selangor appoints the same politician who is responsible for the dismal performance of the coalition. The party machinery has failed to capitalise the MB saga to win back the trust of Selangorians. Now we heard that BN Selangor wanted Khalid Ibrahim to continue BN Selangor.

Maybe they are not interested to be in power. Or maybe for them the water fiasco, the public housing issue and the pothole problem in Selangor are acceptable. Maybe after some times being the opposition, they found that it is very much easier than to be the administrator.

BN Selangor seems to suffer from amnesia. They forgot under their administration the state recorded average growth of 7.2% for nearly 40 years compared to average 4.5% during Pakatan’s rule.

Therefore it is right to say whether TS Khalid will stay as MB or not, Selangorians are really screwed. The current MB, who according to the brilliant Rafizi Ramli, has set gold standard for administration will be replaced. His successor’s credential is questionable and they have no alternative to vote for.

It is that bad, to the extent that the politics in Selangor have to be dictated by non-Selangorians such as those from Permatang Pauh and Kemaman. Seriously, where have all the Selangor politicians gone?

Selangorians, you (we) are really screwed.

 

Ps: The Selangor state government is in the process of finalising the restructuring of water industry that will ensure water supply for the state.

MatRodi

Selayang, Selangor

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WATER CRISIS IN SELANGOR

I wrote this article three months ago when water rationing in Selangor has ended. Today when I returned from UK, I was exasperated to know that water disruption will take place in Selangor- my hometown. Therefore, I decided to publish this article.

Unending water distruption

Unending water distruption

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

We don’t need any water expert or visionary leader to tell us that Selangor is going to consume more water in the future.

Just look at those skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, the opening of several new townships and the massive increase of population in Klang Valley, it’s obvious that this is a state where the pace of development has been unstoppable.

The demand for treated water would grow between 3%-4% annualy. In 2014, the daily demand for water in Selangor will reach 4,907 million litres, whereas the effective supply capacity is only 4,431 million litres. It means Selangor would face water shortage by almost 500 million litres per day and some politicians want us to believe the water rationing was due to dry spell season.

SOLUTION

So how do we cater the future demand? The answer is by channeling the raw water from Sungai Pahang. To do that, a dam, intake and pumping station together with 44.6km tunnel have to be built. But this water has to be treated. Therefore Langat 2 treatment plant is needed. The whole project costing RM8.65 billion will lift Selangor’s total capacity to an estimated 7,338 mill litre per day- 70% more than the current capacity.

Selangor will have enough water until 2025.

THE PROBLEM

However, the state government led by the ‘stingy’ Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has previously refused to give his approval for the 15 lots of land needed for the construction of Langat 2. The reason?

‘There’s water everywhere and we even have flash floods. Selangor has enough water until 2019.’ So said the Menteri Besar.

Therefore the state government believes that other alternatives like cutting losses from non-revenue water, and exploring other water sources like rainwater, lakes, and underground water should be prioritised instead of the Pahang-Selangor water transfer.

Never mind if the project is already 80% completed. Why the state government should cares that without Langat 2 plant, the dam and a 44.8km-long pipeline would be rendered dysfunctional and possibly become the biggest white elephant project in the country.

SELANGOR ALTERNATIVES

First option, they want to use membrane technology from Canada. But this technology will only improve water quality, not increase water supply. Not only there is no necessity to improve our raw water that is already good, the technology is costly to implement. The cost of implementing the technology is about RM95mil per treatment plant, and if it is used on all 34 plants it would be around RM3bil-RM650 million short of the Langat 2 plants. Therefore, option 1- not feasible at all.

Second option, Selangor state government is planning to invest RM300 million to generate additional water of 600 million litres per day from the rivers in the state. The plan involves the collection of storm water from the Selangor River at old mines in Bestari Jaya.

However, this collection is estimated to be sufficient only for four months during the dry season when there is no supply from the Selangor River. That means, RM300 million plan is a short term solution unlike Langat 2. Option 2- feasible only for a short term period.

Third option, TS Khalid announced that water from ponds around Sungai Selangor is pumped into the river to boost its flow. The RM10 million fund has been approved to buy high-powered pumps. But how safe is the water from disused mines considering that the water has been stagnant for years?

Water from the surface may not pose problems, but if taken from the bottom of mining pools, heavy metals would be pumped as well. Does the citizen in the most developed state deserve to get water supply from disused mines? If that’s the case, why don’t they just consume water brought in by floods. It’s free though. Option 3-not only feasible, but dangerous.

Clearly, after few years of dilly-dally with the alternatives for water solution in Selangor, Langat 2 remains the most sensible solution. The truth is, the state government wants to leverage on Langat 2 plant’s approvals to take over Selangor’s water assets.

WATER RESTRUCTURING

Why do they want to take over all the water companies? It is because they have promised to provide free water and no increase in water tariff to Selangorian. Under the concession agreement, water tariff will be gradually increased. Failure to honour the agreement means the state government has to compensate Syabas.

Of course, these are the populist move. Who doesn’t like free water anyway?

But good governance is not about being popular. It’s about being responsible.  That they deprived 8 million residents in Selangor from continuous water supply was a clear example how irresponsible the state government.

Because of the populist election manifesto, the Selangor Government halted any increase in water tariff, even though it was provided for under the concession agreements. Nor does it compensate the company. So without extra revenue, Syabas has no funds to carry out the Capex programmes such as replacement of pipes and other water infrastructure in the concession area.

NON REVENUE WATER

Admittedly Selangor has the highest NRW in Malaysia. It is due to the pipes that mostly laid over 50 years ago. Therefore a huge sum of money is needed to replace about 6000 km of pipes. Assuming RM500 per meter cost of standard sized (300mm) steel pipes, the estimated replacement value is RM3 billion. Obviously the state government couldn’t afford to finance the cost.

This explains why water industry in Selangor has been privatised. It’s simply because we need money from private sector.

And the result is encouraging. In the first year of privatisation, Syabas has managed to reduce NRW by 10% from 43% to 33%. Only when the state government through Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) decided to freeze all NRW related works in 2008, the NRW percentage remains.

The state government knows about this. They are not stupid. But being trapped in free water promise, they couldn’t allow any tariff increases. So they decided to acquire all water companies in Selangor. After all, Syabas was found to breach several contract terms in a 2008 audit report. They supposed to conduct open tender but they have awarded RM600 million worth of contracts in direct negotiation instead. And one of the foreign company secured RM375 million pipe replacement project instead of sourcing for local pipes company as required.

Whatever, after more than five years of trying, they failed to acquire the companies on a “willing seller, willing buyer” basis.

But the underlying issue is solving water supply and acquiring water assets are two different matters and should be treated separately.

Do you put on hold the MRT project just because you wanted to nationalise our toll concessionaries?

IMPACT

So they play politics with water. More than 700 new development projects could not proceed due to dwindling supply reserve. 130 factories worth RM4 billion in investments and 12,300 jobs could not get approval to be set up in Selangor.

RM750 million that has been used to finance 11 mitigation projects could have been saved.

Call it political expediency or political stupidity.

The truth is the ‘stingy’ Menteri Besar should understand construction of the plant would have been much cheaper to build had it started three years ago. Langat 2 would have been operational now, providing extra 1,130mil litres daily and avoiding the crisis today. And of course this article wouldn’t be needed.

MatRodi

It’s good to be back. Selamat Berpuasa Semua! 🙂

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