SHAH ALAM – A 25 cubic meter water programme given for free per month for the B40 is expected to be implemented, in the first quarter of 2019.
Dato ‘Menteri Besar, Amirudin Shari, said the implementation was done by the State Government to harmonize the cut-off of revenue and the areas of users who deserved it.
He said the increase in the cubic meter was also after the average water consumption study from 25 to 26 cubic meters for households.
“This allows them to no longer pay for water every month. For each volume, almost all users enjoy free water of RM0. That is why I place it as 25 cubic meters.
“The focus of the B40 is defined as those with revenue below RM6,000, but not all are taken into consideration because of incomplete data, so it is necessary to register in e-kasih,” he said.
This was said when Amirudin was wrapping up the debate on the Development Budget 2019 proposal at the Selangor State Assembly sitting.
He said the re-alignment of the programme was also unrelated to the acquisition of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH).
“We do not use even a penny, it is managed by Air Selangor Sdn Bhd,” he said.
In the presentation of the State Budget 2019 recently, Amirudin said the original goal of the programme was to help reduce the burden of the people, especially those from the low-income group.
Therefore, he said the State Government was focusing on the B40 group because it is believed that the group is more in need and appreciative of the free water assistance.
This makes the State Government spend a total of RM80 million and acquire savings of RM105.2 million.