KUALA LUMPUR: The government will invoke the Water Services Industry Act 2006 (655 Act) for national security reasons if the water crisis in Selangor continues, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the federal government would be forced to look into legal ways to resolve the water crisis in the state as it had gone on for too long.
“But I hope there will be a willing buyer willing seller resolution to this issue so I don’t have to declare water emergency on behalf of the federal government.
“If it comes to that, then Act 655 will be enforced and the water issue will come directly under control of the federal government...(however) I do not want that to happen,” he said.
Maximus was responding to a supplementary question from Independent Bandar Tun Razak Member of Parliament (MP) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim who questioned the possibility for the federal government exercising Act 655, which states that the federal government had the authority to take over control of water issues and solving it before returning it back to the state government.