Khalid’s ‘Weak’ Water Restructuring Deal With The Federal Government

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali (pic) has continued his attack on his predecessor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, this time for inking a ‘weak’ water restructuring deal with the Federal Government.

The Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman said Khalid should have been informed of what he was about to sign especially on the Federal’s proposed takeover of Selangor-owned land with water assets in Semenyih and Bukit Nanas.

“This land with water assets is operated by the state government and it should not be disputed by the Federal Government after the deal was struck in September 2014,” said Azmin, during his winding-up speech for the motion of thanks for royal address by Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, here Tuesday.

Azmin said both the Federal and state governments had agreed that these water treatment plants were part of Selangor’s assets, and there was no intent to ‘rob’ Putrajaya of the land.

“Port Klang assemblyman (Khalid) should also agree with this because this was what he listed himself in the agreement.

“Why only now has the Federal Government come back to us and say that the assets belong to them?

“If they say it belongs to them, why didn’t they dispute this before they signed the deal?” asked Azmin.

He added that the agreement listed assets that were to be transferred to Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB) were only confined to water assets.

“The Attorney-General had also failed in playing his role in advising the Federal Government on the water and assets deal,” he said.

Azmin had in February called off its water restructuring deal because the Federal Government had wanted to only the water assets but also the land on which the assets were located.

He then took the opportunity to lash out at Khalid for cooperating with Umno and Barisan Nasional just to run him down.

“Please pass this word to your new friend, because Khalid clearly knows what he signed. I can smell that both Port Klang and Sg Burong are now launching an attack against me on this,” said Azmin to the opposition bench.

Khalid was not present at the state assembly sitting Tuesday.

Source: The Star

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