Friday, May 9, 2008

Perak works on cheaper water - NST

IPOH: May 9, 2008 By Brenda Lim

Water may cost less in Perak if the state government succeeds in realising one of the integral elements of the Pakatan Rakyat election manifesto: to reduce the domestic tariff by 10 per cent.

Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said the state government was studying the possibility of giving discounts to domestic users.

He said an announcement would be made on the matter when the study was completed.

Speaking after accepting memoranda from several non-governmental organisations and groups here yesterday, he said the state government planned to deliver on all its election promises.

"Those that we announced are those that we can honour.

"Those that need a bit more time to study, we will announce when we feel we can do it. We don't want to announce something and suddenly not be able to fulfil it," Mohammad Nizar said.

He said the state government had already announced the cancellation of summonses, reduced quit rent to a nominal sum and granted land titles to squatters in new and planned villages.

He said the state government would also look into granting land to farmers and those involved in various industries, including manufacturing.

He said the state government needed the remaining 50 days of its first 100 days in office to fulfil its pledges.

"We are more confident now, even though we will be facing a lot of pressure."

Meanwhile, Mohammad Nizar declined to comment when asked if he had sought an audience with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah.

On whether he had signed the letter reinstating Religious Department director Datuk Jamry Sury, Mohammad Nizar said it was an administrative matter.

The nine groups who met the menteri besar yesterday included displaced rubber estate workers from Ladang Kamiri and Changkat Salak in Sungai Siput, and Ladang Sogamana in Sitiawan.

Farmers from Tanah Hitam and Tambun also narrated their plight to him, while a group asked that the Medan Kidd express bus terminal be re-opened

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