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Johor government will mitigate impact of any hike in water tariff

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government is going to take several initiatives to reduce the impact from any rise in water tariff to consumers here.

State International Trade, Investment and Utility Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse stated the issue of water tariff hike a sensitive issue to the government.

“Any raises in tariff declared by the ministry have to obtain the public response via town hall and briefing sessions. It should take along with stakeholders. It is important for the state government to obtain feedback before opting the issue.” he stated.

He added that among the state government initiatives included the settling of the federal government loan to PAAB worth RM189.4mil.

“Besides that, the state government is dealing with the Federal Government to decide the loan balance for Asian Development Bank (ADB). It worth RM145mil for Johor’s water supply infrastructure,” he explained.

Puah added that the discussion was in the last stages. The state government was waiting for the Federal Government’s call on the matter.

He furthermore stated the state government recommended that the ministry look at the lease payments imposed to Ranhill SAJ. It was about 5% a year for assets which taken over by PAAB.

“We expect the rate will go down to 3% a year. It is similar to other states such as Melaka,” he added.

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