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A world class university without water?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 1st of April, 2015

Much has been said about the Minister of Education II, Dato Seri Idris Jusoh’s statements about Malaysia having a world class higher education system. I want to draw the Minister’s attention to the ongoing problem regarding the water supply within Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi.

Last week, I received complaints from some of the UKM student unions that 5 out of the 13 colleges had been experiencing water disruptions, some for as long as three weeks. As of yesterday, I have been notified that the following four colleges – Kolej Ungku Omar, Kolej Aminuddin Baki, Kolej Keris Mas and Kolej Burhanuddin Helmi – were still without their water supply. The authorities in UKM have been sending water trucks to supply water to these colleges.

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Selangor State government should not forget about areas affected by water disruptions as a result of high demand and lack of capacity at the water treatment plants

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang on the 20th of June, 2014

We welcome the assurance by the Selangor state government that there will not be water rationing during the upcoming dry spell in the state that is caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.[1] We hope that the initiatives announced by the Selangor state government including the pumping of water from former mining ponds, cloud seeding in selected areas as well as the Hybrid Off-River Augmentation System (HORAS) will be effective in preventing the need for future water rationing.[2]

At the same time, we urge the state government not to forget the water woes in places which are not supplied by the Selangor Dam including Balakong and Bangi. On the 17th of June, 2014, a serious disruption in water supply in the Hulu Langat area was announced by Syabas affecting up to 33, 446 households.[3] This disruption was due to a drop in the water level for certain ponds including the Bangi Terminal Pond, the Tasik Kesuma Pond, the Bandar Teknologi Bond, the Bangi Golf Pond, the Semenyih Baru pond and the Kajang Utama Pond, all of which obtain their water supply from the Water Treatment Plant in Semenyih. The drop in the water level was caused by high demand that exceeded the capacity of the supply from the Semenyih water treatment plant.

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