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    Water concessions scheme an 'organised blunder'

    Organised blunder - a blunder is an inadvertent act. In this case, it is not. More like legalised extortion.

    Water concessions scheme an 'organised blunder'
    Gabrielle Chong | Mar 7, 09 1:35pm

    At a forum entitled: “Restructuring, Reforming or Rakyat?” held at the Chinese Assembly Hall yesterday, Klang MP Charles Santiago (
    MCPX
    pic below) blasted the Selangor water concessions scheme as an organised blunder that burdened the poor in favour of water concession companies and the federal government..

    .........The panel concluded that water was an important commodity that could not be left in the hands of inefficient private firms, and that all water assets in Selangor should be returned to the state government based on the fair and reasonable offers that it has made.

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    Briefing: Selangor Water Takeover 8.30pm 13/03/09 Lecture Rm, Civic Hall, MBPJ

    From: Hew Li Huang <ericahew@gmail.com>
    Subject: Public briefing on Selangor Water Takeover, please support

    There will be a public briefing for Selangor residents on the proposed takeover of water concessionaires by the Selangor Government.

    Please come and listen to the facts and figures, and show your support for the Selangor Govt who is trying desperately to stave off the SABOTAGE being orchestrated by the Federal Govt who is offering the four companies - Syabas, ABBAS, Splash and Puncak Niaga - a BAILOUT by buying up their assets, as well as huge loans worth RM6.4 billion.

    *PUBLIC BRIEFING / TAKLIMAT*
    Issue: Pengstrukturan semula Industri Perkhidmatan Air Selangor /
    Restructuring of Water Services Industry in Selangor

    Date: 13 March 2009 (Friday)

    Time: 8.30pm

    Venue: Lecture Room, Civic Hall, MBPJ

    PLEASE SPREAD THIS MESSAGE!
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    Erica Hew Li Huang
    Special Assistant to MP for Petaling Jaya Utara
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    Re: Selangor’s Water Scandal: Summarising BN’s massive conjob

    Water Scandal: Summarising BN’s massive conjob

    by Nathaniel Tan

    1 . Under the federal plan:

    - there will be a 31% INCREASE in water tariffs, as opposed to a 25% decrease in tariffs under the Selangor plan.

    - the Federal Government (ie, us) will take on RM 6.4 billion of debt, currently owed by the water concessionaires.

    - there will no longer be 20 cubic meters of free water every month.

    2. Here’s what privatised water concessionaire companies like Syabas have been up to:

    - Syabas CEO Rozali Ismail’s salary is a whooping RM 5.1 million a year (RM 425,000 a month).

    - Pipe purchases worth RM 600 million were made from an Indonesian company, also owned by Rozali Ismail.

    - No open tenders for RM 600 million worth of contracts (over 72% of the total awarded).

    - RM 51.2 million spent on renovations of the Syabas head office (JKAS, the water regulatory body for Selangor approved expenditures of only RM 23.2 million)

    - Between 2005 - 2007, Syabas exceeded its contract value limit by RM 200 million.

    The brochure contains much, much more information and numbers, but I think the above says enough.

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    SELANGOR READY TO RESUME WATER RESTRUCTURING NEGOTIATIONS

    PRESS STATEMENT
    APRIL 14, 2009

    SELANGOR READY TO RESUME WATER RESTRUCTURING NEGOTIATIONS


    The State Government views the reported news on the readiness of the Federal Government to allow the state to conduct negotiations on the restructuring of water services and subsequently take over the state’s water industry very positively.

    The latest state by the Federal Government is inline with the intention of the Water Services Industry Act 2006 which was primarily enacted to restructure and improve the efficiency of the water industries in Malaysia.

    Selangor is ready to resume discussions and would like to stress the need to ensure that all three groups: the state, the federal government and the water concessionaires; are well represented to arbitrate the negotiation process.

    For this purpose, the State would like to propose former Minister of Energy, Water and Telecommunications Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik, who is very familiar with WSIA and the country’s water industry, to lead the negotiation on behalf of the Federal Government.

    The State is confident that together with the representatives of the State and the concessionaires, Dr Lim will be able to conduct a fair negotiation.

    “We hope that the negotiation will reach to a conclusion that is in the interest of the public. The state is committed to increase efficiency of the water industry, reduce tariffs, and to maintain the free water for the first 20 cubic metre for all households in the state,” said Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

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    THE OFFICE OF SELANGOR MENTERI BESAR
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    Re: SELANGOR TO RESUME WATER DISCUSSIONS WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    PRESS STATEMENT
    APRIL 29, 2009

    SELANGOR TO RESUME WATER DISCUSSIONS WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT


    SHAH ALAM: The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and the Selangor Government have
    agreed to work together to find the best solution in the restructuring of the water services industry in
    Selangor.

    The commitment was made by the newly appointed Minister Datuk Peter Chin and Selangor Menteri Besar
    Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim during their first official meeting in Putrajaya on Monday.

    Both the Ministry and the State Government have also agreed to establish a joint task force to find an
    amicable solution to all the pending issues involved the water restructuring exercise that included the
    takeover of water assets from the four water concessionaires in Selangor by the State Government. Heading
    the task force for the Selangor government is the State Secretary.

    Tan Sri Abdul Khalid has described the meeting with the Minister as “fruitful and productive”.
    “Both sides share great concern for the consumers in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur and we are therefore
    committed to come up with a solution that would give the consumer the best value for money,” he said
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    Re: SELANGOR WATER RESTRUCTURING NEGOTIATION ON THE RIGHT TRACK

    PRESS STATEMENT
    JULY 1, 2009 (WEDNESDAY)

    SELANGOR WATER RESTRUCTURING NEGOTIATION ON THE RIGHT TRACK

    SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government is generally satisfied with the recent development following a
    series of negotiations with the four water concessionaires in its bid to restructure the water services industry
    for the state.

    Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd (Abass) has agreed to accept the state’s offer to buy its water-related assets for
    RM946 million. The State Government would like to thank Abass for its decision which has taken the state a
    step closer towards providing better and cheaper water services for the people of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and
    Putrajaya. The State has begun to explore options to carry out its due diligence process.

    Negotiations with two other concession companies Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) and
    Syarikat Bekalan Air Sdn Bhd (Syabas) are ongoing and the State hopes these will be concluded in the near
    future.

    The State Government is in the midst of resolving an oustanding issue on sub-contracts with Splash, whilst
    Syabas is awaiting the formal blessing of the Federal Government to respond to the State’s offer.
    To date only Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad has conclusively rejected the state’s offer. However, this
    development will not derail the State Government’s restructuring efforts.

    Following these developments, the State Government, through its committee, will discuss the next course of
    action with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water. Although there are many technical issues to
    be resolved, the State is optimistic about the outcome.

    TAN SRI ABDUL KHALID IBRAHIM
    DATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR
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    Re: Selangor’s troubled waters - Only Puncak Niaga rejected Selangor’s offer...

    Only Puncak Niaga rejected Selangor’s offer, restructuring on track
    By Neville Spykerman

    SHAH ALAM, July 1 – Selangor is confident of resolving all issues delaying the restructuring of the water services industry despite missing a June 30 deadline set by the Federal Government.

    To date, only Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd (Abass) has agreed to accept the state’s offer to buy its assets for RM946 million.

    However, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim today said negotiations with two other companies, Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas), are ongoing.

    The Selangor mentri besar said the two companies have not rejected the state government’s offer as reported recently and hoped to conclude negotiations soon.

    He said the state is resolving an outstanding issue on sub-contracts with Splash, while Syabas is waiting for green light from the Federal government before accepting the state’s offer.

    Khalid said only Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad had rejected the state’s offer, adding, however, that the state was confident this would not derail the state government’s restructuring process.

    The state had previously offered Puncak Niaga RM1.6 billion for its water treatment operator, Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd. This was rejected.

    The state subsequently also agreed to absorb some liability related to its water infrastructure including its dams, pipes and water treatment plants.

    However, this was also rejected by Puncak Niaga, which wanted the state to absorb all its liabilities.

    (Admin: Greedy, greedy. The liabilities were created due to excessive expenditures on high subcontract and supply prices in which management had personal share. The pipe supply contract awarded to an Indonesian company, is a case in point.) Link here…
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    Re: Selangor’s troubled waters - Selangor Govt disagree w/ higher offer

    PRESS STATEMENT

    AUGUST 9, 2009

    SELANGOR GOVERNMENT DISAGREES TO

    HIGHER OFFER PRICE TO WATER CONCESSIONAIRES


    SHAH ALAM: The Selangor State Government welcomes the statement made by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Peter Chin (New Straits Times, 4th August 2009) that it is important to conclude restructuring of the water services industry as soon as possible.

    The State fully agrees that the matter should be resolved quickly in the interest of the public and has indeed been vigorously pursuing negotiations throughout the months of June to present. However, the State is not willing to offer a higher price to the outstanding water services concessionaires for their water services assets as this has immediate implications of increased water tariffs.

    First, the current offers of June 2009 are already at significantly higher prices than those initially offered in February 2009. Second, the concessionaires are being well compensated based on fair and reasonable values taking into account all injected capital and risks undertaken. Third, higher prices paid to concessionaires would ultimately be borne by the rakyat, either through tax-payers’ money or higher tariff rates in the future.

    Buying back the water services assets of the concessionaires at inflated prices is unfair to the rakyat. The State is therefore concerned about the possibility that the Federal Government may be willing to offer higher prices for these assets to the concessionaires and hopes that this will not materialise as the rakyat would be hit twice, first through taxpayers’ money, and second through increase in water tariffs.

    TAN SRI DATO’ ABDUL KHALID IBRAHIM
    SELANGOR MENTERI BESAR
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    Salam Sejahtera.

    Disertakan disini lampiran kenyataan media yang dikeluarkan oleh Sekretariat Akhbar Pejabat Dato' Menteri Besar Selangor. Jika ada sebarang pertanyaan sila hubungi Setiausaha Akhbar Arfa'eza A. Aziz di talian 03-5544 7452. Terima kasih.

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    Re: Selangor’s troubled waters - SPLASH OFFER WILL NOT DERAIL STATE-MINISTRY WAT

    SPLASH is trying to pull a fast one on the State Govt. Offer a higher price for the water assets and then ask for another 30 years concession. They think the State Govt is stupid. Here's Khalid Ibrahim's answer.

    PRESS STATEMENT

    MARCH 25, 2010

    SPLASH OFFER WILL NOT DERAIL STATE-MINISTRY WATER NEGOTIATIONS


    SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government will continue to work with the Federal Government to implement the Water Services Industry Act 2006 (WSIA) to consolidate all water concession operators into a single entity under the control of the state government.

    The State Government hopes to seek a resolution with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water that will benefit the consumers of Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, as well as establish an effective role of government to manage water resources and utilities in Selangor.

    The recent announcement by Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) offering RM10.75 billion to take over the industry will not affect the ongoing discussions. While the state feels that the offer by Splash falls short of the intention of WSIA, the bid confirmed that the holistic approach to restructuring the water services industry in Selangor is feasible at the given offer price. Therefore, there is no need for an intermediary situation of temporary migration before a holistic water industry is achieved.


    It also proves that the water services industry can be maintained at a much lower tariff than the increase of 37%. The privatisation arrangement of the water distributor Syabas and its corresponding intention of increasing tariffs serves as a reminder to the State that we must revisit the pricing schedule.

    “It is our intention to correct the mistake by the Federal government of the day to allow water operators to abuse the industry by obtaining high rewards for ordinary risks being undertaken in the water services industry.


    “We believe that this was a bad decision which lacked commercial intelligence and is open to negative speculation as the dealings went well beyond official arrangements and against the interest of consumers. But despite all this, we are committed to resolving the industry’s problems once and for all", said Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

    The State reiterates that its original offer to the four water concession companies gave fair and reasonable returns based on their commercial profitability. If a higher profit margin is given to these companies, the interests of more than five million water consumers in Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur in an efficient and effective management of water resources will be compromised.



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    Re: Selangor’s troubled waters - Selangor water: The rakyat is screwed!

    Selangor water: The rakyat is screwed!

    06/06/2010 by drrafick

    Someone send me an email condemning the present Selangor Government and Anwar Ibrahim on how the their promise to resolve the water issue in Selangor in finding the best solution for the rakyat. From the onset of taking over the Selangor Government, the PR government has launched a series of public clarification program on the issue of water in Selangor.


    I had attended one of the sessions in MPAJ several years ago and listen to the presentation made by William Leong. I remember asking one question on why the Selangor government do not invoke a clause in the Selangor Water Enactment where the state government can unilaterally acquire the assets given to Puncak Niaga on grounds of public interest. The answer in my mind is political and not satisfactory but I had to accept it at the point of time.


    When it comes to water treatment plant in Selangor there are 4 players which includes Syabas, Kumpulan Abass, Splash and Puncak Niaga. While all of the operators are in the business of water treatment, they do not have the rights to distribute water to consumers which is the right of Puncak Niaga. Off all the operators, Puncak is in the best position. Puncak decide on how much water they want to buy from 3 other operators and by virtue of their unique position they ensure that they only buy from other operators when they are not able to process enough water for distribution.


    To be fair the past and present state government as well as Federal Government, we must appreciate that Puncak is in this advantageous position because of their political connection and the close relationship between Rozali and Selangor UMNO (in particular Khir Toyo). They were given all water assets that the government built over the years in a silver platter and further reinforced by a tight binding legal agreement which is not favouring the state. We should ask why Khir Toyo and the Selangor Government on why they gave away a lucrative cash business away in an unfavourable manner to the people of Selangor.


    Over the last few years there has been attempt by the state government to take back the Selangor Water Business from all players and consolidate it under a state GLC and every negotiation between the parties, the PAAB a Federal agency would actually take measures to protect the interest of Puncak (Rozali) and not the interest of the people. This is done in a deliberate manner. Is it fair to blame the present Selangor administration for the failed attempt? My expectation is for the Selangor government to exercise the power within the Selangor Water Enactment Act to protect the interest of the public. Public interest alone is the justification.


    Surely there must be a good reason which we all can speculate on why the Federal Government would do such a thing. As for Rozali, he got the business at RM 1.00 and was given a Federal loan at 1% and several hundred million grant and yet he is expected to come out from this deal richer even though he does not have to do any water business anymore. Only in Malaysia one can become an instant billionaire when legalized illegitimate business goes bust! Some Malaysian boleh! The people who voted BN in Selangor should question themselves on why they put such people in office when they clearly do not protect the small people in the street. Selangor water: The rakyat is screwed!.
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