|Harakahdaily,||19 April 2013|
The free water policy was introduced by the PR state government in 2008, soon after wresting the state from fifty years of BN control.
Not surprisingly, PR leaders immediately went to town mocking the latest 'copycat' announcement.
"They (BN) alleged that the country will be bankrupt because of PR’s manifesto, then why copy our manifesto at the Federal and state level which will bankrupt the country?” asked PAS Research Centre director Dzulkefly Ahmad.
“In the early days of PR’s administration, they made all sorts of allegations and criticism of the free water policy, claiming the state government was losing out. Why still copy Selangor PR’s programme and manifesto?”
In 2011, Energy, Green Technology and Water minister had argued that the free water policy was untenable and not beneficial to any parties.
On BN's offer to continue the policy, Dzulkefly reminded that the culture of cronyism and monopolisation was still thriving within the coalition.
“They can promise to give free water but the water management is still given to the water concessionaire (SYABAS), which is their crony. They should have been giving free water to people much earlier, but they had not because they had wanted to enrich their cronies,” he said.