Pulau Pinang memang BERGANTUNG dengan air yang mengalir di sungai Muda yang bermula di Empangan Muda, Sik. Sungai ini kemudiannya melalui satu lagi empangan iaitu empangan Beris yang juga melepaskan air ke sungai Muda.
Jika Pulau Pinang telah beberapa kali menulis surat secara rasmi kepada Kerajaan Kedah untuk MEMBERI air kerana kekurangan air dimusim kemarau, ini membuktikan yang Pulau Pinang mengiktiraf Kedah sebagai sumber pembekal air mereka.
Jika Mesir pun kelamkabut apabila Habsyah ingin membina empangan merentangi sungai Nil, maka Pulau Pinang juga perlu risau jika Kedah melakukan perkara yang sama. Maka bagi mengelakkan ini berlaku eloklah Pulau Pinang mengiktiraf permintaan Kedah dan membayar seperti yang diperlukan.
Jika Empangan Muda dan Beris tidak melepas air ke Sg Muda, kemungkinan besar sungai tersebut bakal mengalirkan air yang amat sedikit yang mana airnya dialirkan oleh sungai kecil seperti sungai jeneri dan sebagainya.
Ini sudah pasti tidak mencukupi untuk pusat penapisan air Pinang Tunggal, Kedah dan Pinang Tunggal Pulau Pinang.
Berdasarkan fakta yang Pulau Pinang sudah beberapa kali meminta air dari Kedah, maka elok sangatlah dibayar.
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
June 17, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopian foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom on Monday met his visiting Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Kamel Amr, in Addis Ababa where the two sides discussed Ethiopia’s controversial dam (Grand Renaissance Dam), which Cairo says will diminish its water share from the Nile River.
- Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Kamel
- Amr (KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)
Amr’s visit comes only a few days after Ethiopia’s parliament unanimously ratified the new Nile River Cooperative Framework Agreement which six Nile basin countries signed in Uganda in 2010 to reverse a pre-colonial treaty that gave nearly all the Nile waters share to Sudan and Egypt.
After Ethiopia recently began diverting the course of the Blue Nile River, Egyptian politicians launched fierce media campaign against Addis Ababa and some went as far as suggesting sabotage plans through a military attack to stop the horn of Africa’s nation from Building the $4.8 billion massive dam project being built in Benshangul Gumuz region bordering Sudan.
Mukhriz tells Guan Eng: Penang has to pay for water from Kedah
Kedah is entitled to compensation from Penang for drawing raw water from Sungai Muda because the former is the source of the water, Kedah Mentri Besar, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, said today.
He said that in the 1970s, the border between Kedah and Penang was moved to the centre of the river causing one side of the river to become part of Penang.
He said Penang had asked Kedah for water when its supplies dwindled due to a drought in the past.
"When Penang's water supplies were dwindling then, the Penang state government had to ask Kedah to release water from their dams so that Penang could get water."
He said it was clear that the water catchment area for the Sungai Muda was in Kedah.
"A few months ago, the Penang Water Authority wrote to the Kedah government to ensure logging activities did not negatively impact their water supply. This is recognition from the state that the water catchment area is in Kedah," he said.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had stated that the Sungai Muda runs through Penang and is therefore a natural resource for use by the state.
He had added that Kedah's proposal to ask for payment for the raw water was akin to "asking money for nothing".
Lim had also stated that the river was not a man-made project like the Johor-Malacca water transfer scheme where the former could charge the latter for raw water.
Mukhriz said he would continue negotiations with the Penang government on the matter and did not wish to politicise the issue.
Met at Trax Associates CEO Datin Yasmin Merican's book launch near here today, he also talked about the level of investment coming into Kedah.
"Whilst there are people expressing interest in Kedah, these are not yet realised investments. They are probably happy that the state has a chief minister who can speak Japanese," he said