Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Protest Over Dearer Water @cmlimguaneng @tankengliang @mymassa @hendrishahril

A GROUP of disgruntled residents protested yesterday against the impending hike in water rates.

The group of 50 residents, known as Wakil Himpunan Anak Penaga, said the tariff adjustment would further burden them as a 100 per cent water conservation surcharge (WCS) had been levied on heavy users in the state.

Representative Mohd Sukor Mohd Yusoff said the state government should take into account low-and medium-income groups that would be most affected.

"In the last election, the DAP had promised us that it will not increase water tariffs if it continues to govern the state. It is not honouring its promise," he said in Penaga yesterday.

Sukor said the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBA) had never recorded a loss since its formation and the hike was just to "enrich" its coffers.

"The hike will benefit the state government as it has 50 per cent stake in PBA. We demand the state government to do away with the hike. Do not punish us."

Recently, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng gave permission to PBA to study a water price hike as a last resort to reduce water usage in Penang.

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