Malaysia: Compensation mulled for Pasir Gudang folk affected by water rationing

RIZALMAN HAMMIM New Straits Times 16 Nov 15;

JOHOR BARU: The state government is considering providing compensation to residents affected by the ongoing water rationing in the Pasir Gudang area.

State Public Works and Rural and Regional Development Executive Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said there have been concerns raised by residents that the rationing had led to extra expenditure on their part, such as having to buy vessels to store water.

"We are considering providing compensation, maybe in the form of rebates or other incentives, to show that we understand their difficulties.

I will raise the issue in the exco meeting next week," said Hasni. He said around 20,000 households are affected by the rationing, which began in August and was recently extended until December 15.

The rationing was imposed to preserve the water levels at the Sungai Lebam dam in Kota Tinggi and the Sungai Layang dam in Masai, which have dropped to critical level.