MCA has hit out at the Selangor state government over the new “Skim Air Darul Ehsan”, which is set to take effect on March 1 next year.
Under the new scheme, domestic consumers with household income above RM4,000 will no longer enjoy the 20 cubic metre of free water every month.
In a Facebook post on Friday (Sept 27), MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong said the threshold of RM4,000 was way too low, which could be considered as urban poor.
“It is sad that this group of urban poor will no longer receive free water from the state government,” she said.
There are currently 1,600,000 registered accounts in Selangor, who are enjoying 20 cubic metre of free water monthly.
Separately, Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said the decision was made after taking into account the annual increase in the number of residents in the state.
“As of Dec 31 last year, RM1.8bil was spent towards providing free water to Selangor residents.
“It was estimated that the amount would increase to RM220mil by the end of this year,” he said in a statement on Friday (Sept 27).
Amirudin said those with household income below RM4,000 would continue to benefit under the new scheme.
“Consumers in low-cost flats can also apply for the new scheme but their applications must be verified by the Joint Management Body or the Management Committee,” he said.
Applicants can apply through www.ssipr.selangor.gov.my or by completing an application form which can be downloaded from www.airselangor.com or from Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd offices and community service centres around the state.
The status of their applications will be known by February next year.