Selangor government explains water decrease in Selangor
By LAU PHEK YEN
KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor government today explained to the public the reasons to why there is a decrease in water levels at dams in Selangor. DAP Seputih MP Teresa Kok in a press conference held on August 7 in Shah Alam by the Selangor government said that it was caused by the dry spell brought about by the northeast monsoon which hit the country between May until July.
Selangor Economic Planning Unit (Upen) macro and privatisation section Deputy Director, Nor Azmie Diron said the phenomenon is common and gave the assurance that water levels will peak again as the southwest monsoon has started.
“We have been in contact with the Meteorological Department. According to them, the northeast monsoon brought the dry season but the forecast from August to November is for rain from the southwest monsoon,” he explained during the press conference.
He also added that the water levels in the dams have risen to 2mm based on the the amount of rainfall in August but had however agreed to the fact that the water levels have decreased in the past year.
“Let’s look at it realistically. It is now August and for the past three days, it has been raining even though not much, but it is raining and there has been rainfall at the dams while the water levels have risen to 2mm.”
“The rain is back and we are confident that the water levels will rise again but yes, we agree there was a decrease,” said Nor Azmie.
In speaking to The Malaysian Times (TMT) on August 7, Serdang MCA branch Chairman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong however did not agree with the explanation provided by Nor Azmie.
“Selangor have been facing this problem for the past four years however the Selangor government has done nothing to resolve it. We are facing a decrease in water level as all 34 dams in Selangor have reached their maximum capacity,” said Yuen Keong.
When asked on his opinion on how to solve this problem, he said that the ruling state government and the opposition party should work together and put political gains aside.
“Think of the people first and solve this problem without involving any political parties,” said Yuen Keong – TMT