PETALING JAYA: The whole Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government, not just Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, should resign because the federal government had warned many times that the state will face a water shortage if the Langat 2 project is delayed, said MCA vice- president Chua Tee Yong.
“If the DAP feels Khalid has not done the right thing, then the party’s executive councillors should have corrected the menteri besar.
“However, we have not heard of the DAP leaders speaking out on the issue,” the Labis MP said in a press statement today.
Two days ago, DAP’s Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi demanded the resignation of Khalid over the prolonged water rationing exercise in the state.
Venting his frustration via Facebook, Ooi said Selangor never suffered such prolonged water rationing under Barisan Nasional (BN) rule.
“I have a home in Subang Jaya and a taxpayer. We never had such prolonged water rationing in the past. Just sack the useless menteri besar,” Ooi was reported saying.
However, Khalid said Ooi had no authority to demand for his resignation.
Chua said the federal government had issued many warnings in the past that Selangor would face a water shortage if the Langat 2 treatment plant was not approved.
“DAP leaders have gone around telling people that Selangor has more than enough water for the Klang Valley,” he said.
Chua said if Khalid had to resign for the water problems, then the entire state exco team should also follow suit.
Gerakan youth chief Tan Keng Liang echoed Chua sentiments, saying that the entire Pakatan state leadership should also be blamed for the water issue.
“Not just Khalid, but the whole exco team should resign. If the state government had allowed Putrajaya to continue with its Langat 2 project in 2010, the water crisis could have been averted,” he said.
However, Tan lauded Khalid for coming to his senses and agreed to work with the federal government on the Langat 2 project.
“I hope the deal is concluded soon and the state government should help Putrajaya for the sake of the people,” he said.