Nurul Nazirin Jan 17, 05 7:01pmA coalition of seven non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that is lobbying against privatisation of water supply, today submitted a memorandum to Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang at the Parliament lobby.
Led by Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud, the group timed its action to take advantage of the special three-day Parliamentary sitting from today.
Among other matters, it will debate constitutional amendments to transfer power from state governments to the federal government to take over the supply and management of water to consumers. It is widely known that this will be done through privatisation.
In its three-page memorandum, the coalition - comprising consumer groups, trade unions and community-based organisations - argued that privatisation would deprive consumers of the basic human right of access to water.
Syed Shahir reiterated that the government should listen to public views on this matter, to which Lim said he would raise the issue during the debate in Parliament.
The group also approached Backbenchers Club president and Johor Baru member of Parliament Shahrir Abdul Samad, who was in the vicinity, to present their case.
Telah terlibat dalam pergerakan kepenggunaan semenjak tahun 1992. Merupakan Bendahari Agung FOMCA semenjak tahun 1998 dan Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan semenjak tahun 2002.